This election was about what the country doesn't like--and what it doesn't like is heavy-handed politics, deals with big special interest groups, rising national debt, continued high unemployment, ever-increasing government spending, and the threat of rising taxes.
The problem is most people still want Medicare, Social Security, public education, strict environmental regulation and a whole slew of other government programs. Basically, our country wants to have its cake and eat it too. Since neither the Republicans nor the Democrats can pull that off, every two years the party in charge gets voted out.
So where do we go from here?
People have some homework to do.
As a country, we are going to have to relearn this important lesson of history: command and control, central planning does not --nay, can not--lead to prosperity. It leads instead to economic stagnation, environmental degradation and the erosion of liberty. Until that lesson is crystal clear, people will continue to look to government to solve problems which fall more appropriately on their own shoulders.
That doesn't mean we can't band together voluntarily to help the less fortunate. It does mean that in order to preserve the just and inalienable right to our own lives, we can't use the force of government to rule or rob our neighbor. It means that the solutions to the many difficult problems we face must be solved only by means which respect the individual rights of everyone, equally before for the law. No exceptions. No special interests.
The initiation of force must be totally banned from the realm of acceptable behavior...and not just between citizens. Government force must be strictly limited to protecting citizens from those who do initiate force. This county's motto need to be, not "Don't tread on me" but "Convince me, or leave me alone."
We desperately need effective statesmen who are capable of leading this country back to the ideals of self-ownership, self-reliance, and a compassion based on mutual respect.
Let's hope we voted a few of them in.