I'm glad the ugly, nasty, no good political commercials have ceased. I didn't believe any of them. Taking half-truths, words out of context, and twisting words of an opponent to a slanderous degree is shameful. I'm sick of it! Our politicians need to be better than this. The next election comes in two years. I'd like to see ALL politicians stand on/run on something they believe in, rather than demoralizing an opponent with ugly words. From folks I've talked to, I'm not the only person who feels this way. The American people are disillusioned with our government as a whole.
The polls revealed many things. We Americans are tired of the shenanigans going on in Washington. Constant campaigning doesn't benefit the American people. Constant stone-walling, blocking progress and demanding things must be one way only is not what our forefathers had in mind. There are three branches of government for a reason. When one does not function correctly, it hinders the others. This hindrance affects the American working class the hardest.
Let's hope with this major change in Washington, we can re-set our goals. If the three branches will try to work together, they may realize everyone benefits. It becomes a win-win scenario. By-partisan committees need to find common ground where they can establish a system that provides stability for our nation. So many feel insecure in our government's decisions. Job security, immigration security, and health security hang heavy on many of us. I pray the new governmental elected officials have learned from other failed programs. No one side of the three branches has all the answers. Only by working together with a common sense approach will true progress happen.
Whether you voted blue or red, doesn't matter. What matters is we Americans must stay alert to what happens in Washington. Our voting rights are one of the few ways we show our beliefs. It's called democracy. We must stay informed and keep our politicians from running a muck again. Write to your Congressman, Senator, or Governor. They need to know the way of things in your area.
I'm asking all who read this to stay alert. Our silence does not help our cause. Ignorance surely not either. Learn to become a well informed, educated American. Read the local paper, listen to the national news. Watch more than one TV news reporter. Don't take someone else's version and make it your own - research a topic that interests you. Read the pros and cons from more than one perspective.
Illinois moved from being a democratic state to a republican state this last election. The citizens of Illinois are tired of being at the bottom of every progress chart reported. Many are ready for new blood in this state. We have such a beautiful, resourceful state and no leadership. Perhaps this change will swing things in a positive direction.
I will be watching our new state officials. I'm expecting great things to happen for the betterment of our state. I hope we can once again be proud to be from Illinois. Only time will tell.
Til next time ~