In case you didn't know, or have chosen not to know, or have been living in a remote Siberian cave, the national election is over in the Land of the (still) Free and the Home of the (selectively) Brave.
Hence, for the next two to six years, the cast of characters in our political leadership has been programmed, subject to interim adjustments, at the whim (or apathy) of the electorate.
Some may argue that the results were determined by those who failed to vote. Even if this is so, though, it is a moot point – undeniable, both by those who were unhappy with the results and the loonies who have decided to secede from the Union.
The latter group are more to be pitied than censured and will be relegated to the same niche in history as those who are still saving their Confederate money, waiting for Godot or anticipating the second coming of Elvis the Pelvis.
Regardless of our political persuasion, or degree of disappointment/elation with respect to the results, our joint focus should now be on what happens next in the houses or – as a cynic might metaphorically characterize them – the whorehouses of our government at all levels.
Bear in mind that those presently, or soon-to-be, in office have reached the Paradise of politics and now have as their highest objective the defense of that power against all challengers.
Charge this humble scribe with cynicism if you will, but I have seen few examples of politicians who would rank their self interests below those of the public they are sworn to serve.
Let me modify that: There have been a few exceptions, but almost none who have long remained in office.
By and large, survival in incumbency demands that an office holder slavishly hews to a party line and finds absolutely no value in the views and objectives of the opposition. The worst and most likely result of this attitude is gridlock, a condition which will afflict the nation over the months and years ahead unless compromise is found.
That compromise will be found only if it is sought by those willing to settle for something less than complete control and to contribute more than token gestures of agreement.
All the contenders seem to be in passionate agreement that unless "something" is done, the nation will go broke or descend into second-class status on the world scene.
Simple arithmetic would support this threat beyond any shadow of doubt.
Sadly, the prevalent strategy on both sides of the aisle seems to be finger-pointing. This practice totally ignores the fact that when each of their forefingers are extended elsewhereward, three other fingers are pointed back at themselves.
There is hope – but only hope at this point – that an aroused electorate, including those who failed to vote at their most recent opportunity, will send these loud-and-clear messages to their elected representatives (or reprehensibles, as the case may be):
No.1 Analyzing the problems you were elected to solve is a paler-than-pale substitute for solving them, and fixing those problems is infinitely more important than simply trying to fix the blame.
No. 2 If you fail to find fixes through compromise, you will be thrown out on your behinds – after being given (only as a humanitarian gesture) a reasonable opportunity to remove your heads therefrom.
Sorry if that's a bit coarse, but continuation of the status quo is much "woarser."