Now that the election is in the rear view mirror, it’s time for the country to take a collective deep breath and then get back to normal. No longer will my personal Facebook page be littered with political commentary. It will get back to the standard fare of pictures of children and Happy Birthday posts. My twitter feed will go from political backlash to fellow bloggers yelling cheese and my daily fix of sporting news. It’s time to dust off Honey Boo Boo and watch the most recent YouTube video of someone’s garbage man doing the Gangnam style dance. Our votes can go back to what really matters…American Idol. Life will be normal.
For those that called this “The most important election of all time” I have some bad news for you. Nothing changed. Seriously, absolutely nothing. The President elect is the same guy that had the job. The Democratic Party controls the Senate. The Republicans control the House. Rush is on the air talking about how Republicans weren’t conservative enough. After one day of everyone holding their political breath, today is the exact same as Monday was. Does anyone expect the same group of people to act differently now? The definition of insanity, as it was taught to me, is to do the same thing over and over again and expect different results. Guess what folks? We’re crazy.
Yes, a few of the faces will be different, but all in all it’s an identical makeup to the last 2 years in which we all cried that the government had gone too partisan. It was easier to get a new pill passed by the FDA than it was to get a passed bill through Congress. Most of those folks won re-election or were replaced by people who promised to do even more of it. If you think these people will now want to work towards the greater good of the country, I have a bridge I want to sell you.
I know everyone is sick of politics by now. Don’t worry; I’ll get back to my standard posting of articles about how I make an idiot out of myself. I do feel compelled to bring this up though. If you haven’t noticed through this whole process, we’re creeping up incredibly fast on the self-imposed “fiscal cliff”. If you don’t pay attention to this sort of stuff, it’s the equivalent of us all jumping in the barrel and our Congress gets to shove us over Niagara Falls. Most believe it would end as poorly as the metaphor would.
Do I believe that these folks in Congress will just decide to put country first and do the right thing before we reach the cliff? No. Not based on their track record anyway. These are the same geniuses that took us so close to default on our debt prior that the United States had its credit rating dropped for the first time ever. Again, if you don’t follow what this stuff means…we just went from qualifying for 0% for 60 months on a new Cadillac to being politely told our interest rate and payment would be slightly higher on the new Lincoln. Not a huge drop, yet. Consider that on the scale of ALL our debt. Imagine if we monkey around with this thing again. Before you know it we’re paying $400 a month for a used Pontiac.
I posted on The Moral’s Facebook page the quote from the great Abraham Lincoln “A house divided against itself cannot stand”. It was true then and it’s true now. Here we are at the cross roads and either we at least try to act as one Country or we will fail. While you scan the leaked Black Friday ads and read up on rumors of the I “kindainthemiddlebetweentheminiandthebigone” (Come on you know this idea is being kicked around at Apple, and you might buy one) and are grateful that life is getting back to normal. Be careful what normal you have. Normal might just be climbing in the barrel and waiting for the push over the falls.
The moral of the story is, our newly elected congress will probably suck too.