Columns / Discourse / November 3, 2010

Observing America: Midterm elections

“I’ll be sacking groceries if Democrats retain the House,” said Charlie Cook, nonpartisan political analyst. Yesterday was Election Day. The Republicans have taken over the House, and lost the Senate by only a slim margin. However, what Americans have to ask themselves is: what will happen once the newly elected Congress is inaugurated? Will Republicans fight Obama or will they cooperate? Republicans must cooperate with the president.

Our current Congress is a mess. The Democrats have been trying to pass solid leftist legislation while the Republicans have been advocating solid rightist policies. Tuesday’s midterm elections have to change the way both parties work. The President has to come towards the center, along with the Republicans, to get things done. Take 1994, for example. President Clinton lost Democrats in Congress to Republican majorities yet Clinton compromised with Republicans in order to pass legislation. Clinton is most well known for his work with Republicans rather than his first two solidly liberal years in office.

Poll after poll shows independents wanting both parties to work together. Right now, the Republicans have the independents’ support and they most likely voted Republican. The Wall Street Journal reported last weekend that 52 percent of independents “would vote Republican next week” (Wallsten, “Swing Voters Are Flocking To Republicans in Last Days” p. 4). However, if Republicans won’t work together with the President, then independents will once again switch parties to vote Democrat.

Issues such as the increasing unemployment rate, debt and deficit have to be addressed. That’s what independents want. It is time for Obama and Republicans to talk to Americans about the skyrocketing entitlement spending, the costly wars and the sacrifices Americans will have to make in order to fix the poor economic situation. Here’s where both parties can start creating a comprehensive agenda.

As a result, Obama should accept his faults and learn from them. Back in 2008 he spoke about bipartisanship, now it’s time to act it out; the same goes for Republicans. Glenn Beck recently said that the “GOP faces extinction if they don’t grasp opportunity to fix government.” Now for him, “fixing” government would be “cutting the size of government, holding lawmakers accountable, and halting excessive regulation” (http://dailycaller.com/2010/11/01/beck-says-gop-faces-extinction-if-they-dont-grasp-opportunity-to-fix-government/). If the Republicans won’t cooperate with Obama and continue fighting him on every issue, then Obama is guaranteed a second term and Republicans will be guaranteed heavy losses in the next elections.

Therefore, to the few Knox Republicans out there, chill out. Tuesday’s election is not a mandate for Republicans to do whatever they want. Keep in mind that only 31 percent of the American people approve of the Republicans in Congress (http://www.pollingreport.com/cong_rep.htm). Winning Republican majorities in Congress is the American people’s way to convey their frustration with Pelosi’s Congress and Obama’s presidency, not to glorify the Republican Party. So, you are allowed to party it up, but remember there is work to be done and both parties have to be included. People expect results.

Alex Uzarowicz
Alex Uzarowicz has been a weekly conservative political columnist for The Knox Student for three years. He also writes for The College Conservative. Alex will graduate in June 2013 with a degree in political science, after which he will head abroad to begin his Peace Corps service.


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