After the Reality

The 2012 elections are over for some. Campaign workers are packing up and going home. Local party leaders are congratulating each other for a job well done. Voters are either elated or angry depending on which candidate had won. We are a country divided by ideologies according to the national media, but are we?

After following campaigns for the last 46 years, the 2012 campaign was one of the most vicious and personal attack campaigns ever conducted by the republican party. Citizens United allowed billionaires through super political action committees to provide the money necessary for those in financial power to potentially effect the outcome of the election. Countless lies by the republican campaign machine were publicized through the media in short sound bites directed at the president. Movies were made with special interest money,  DVD’s were distributed defaming deceased family members of the president all appealing to the worst in people and the conspiracy mentality which has taken over a majority of the conservative right. Ministers and priests were, by way of their pulpits, expressing partisan ideologies to sway the vote of their congregations.

The major theme through all of this election cycle was class warfare and rightfully so. As discussed by the Obama campaign the American middle class had suffered enormously over the last 12 years not only because of the great recession but because of the unequal distribution of wealth resulting from the Bush Tax Cuts. Household expendable incomes had declined resulting from low or non existing salary increases unable to keep up with inflation on health insurance, home and auto insurance and the cost of necessities like food and clothing. After the great recession from 2007 to 2010 median net worth for 90% of Americans declined 40% ,126,000 to 77,000 a net worth not seen since 1992. Eighteen years of savings, appreciation and investments were gone. Yet, the top 10% saw their net worth increase from 1.17 million to 1.19 million from 2007 to 2010.

President Obama was reelected by almost 3.5 million popular votes or a 2.8% margin, 51.4 to 48.6 percent and 332 electoral college votes. There were almost 9 million less voters in 2012 than in 2008. The Republican Party did accomplish their goal of voter suppression maybe to their detriment. The Democratic Party picked up 2 seats in the Senate with 2 Independents who will caucus with them and 9 Seats in the House of Representatives. The election clearly indicates that the American voter contrary to Republican beliefs favor a more moderate and liberal approach to solving the problems of this nation. Sharing the burden is the correct approach. If the majority in the House of Representatives believes that they are still in control it may be temporary if they don’t begin to negotiate fairly with the elected administration. The party of No and of obstructionism must put aside their pride and partisanship and truly work with the president and his party to heal this nation if we are going to survive as a Democratic Republic. Both Democrats and Republicans need to get rid of their chains and freely make decisions for those who have sent them to Washington.

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