For those of you maybe living under a rock, news flash: President Obama has been reelected by the American people. Now what?
As a supporter of the president, my initial urge is to gloat and rub the win in my conservative friends’ faces. But Obama didn’t win by a landslide, the House didn’t change hands, and the country is still as divided as ever on social and economic issues.
When Obama won in ’08, America celebrated too hard and quickly tuned out. We thought we’d put Jesus in the White House and that he would bind the nation’s wounds with twitch of his nose — and hopefully turn all water into wine while he was at it. What happened next, almost predictably, is that Obama and the Dems met with a conservative backlash to the progressive surge of ’08, and with Obama voters tuned out, the president and his party left on the defensive. Thus, 2010.
If progressives don’t want history to repeat itself, we must skip the touchdown dance and keep government’s feet to the fire by remaining informed and involved.
We’ve given Obama four more years to continue the change he promised us we could achieve four years ago — America said “Yes We Can,” not “Yes He Can” — but we must uphold our end of the deal. After all, the president is only one man. There are 54 Democrats controlling the Senate — 56 if you count the two independents voting with the Dems — but, as of Wednesday morning, 191 Democrats form a minority in the House of Representatives.
This means that the success or failure of the president and the Congress’s ability to come together on a bipartisan basis to pass legislation will depend on the active participation of the American people. We must continue to apply pressure on our government in order to ensure that the representatives we elect govern for us and not against us.
It’s November 7, and nothing has changed in Washington. Unless we want four more years like the last four, with all the partisan bickering and obstruction, then the American people must take an active role in reining in government and putting it to work for us.
It’s your move, America.