Guest Editorial: Put out the lights, the party is over |

Guest Editorial: Put out the lights, the party is over

John White, Midway ,

Yes, the bright blue light of enthusiasm that Democrats displayed six years ago hoping for a better America, has faded to red after the last November 4th election. Congratulations to the Republican Party for having successfully countered measures that would have enabled Congress to enact laws enhancing a growing middle class; help lessened poverty for underprivileged Americans, and heightened the general welfare of all people.

It is commonly understood by most Americans that the sole objective of Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, and others like him, was to limit President Obama to a one-term presidency. Having failed at that, they were successful in shutting down the government for of a short period time. That is an accomplishment that the Senate and House of Representatives can be most proud of!

The Republicans, euphemistically known to the Democrats as the obstructers, are now in the majority of both houses of Congress. They are now in the position to enact laws that will protect citizens from corporate corruption; maintain bank and stock market regulations that are designed to ensure that another housing bubble debacle does not occur again; and most importantly, enact a much-delayed comprehensive illegal immigration law that will once and for all protect our borders without jeopardizing the US economy.

The Republicans can now be held accountable to actually govern rather than just criticize and obstruct the actions of legislators in Congress. Governing means working for the betterment of all citizens not just the elite, wealthy one percent of the nation who contributes heavily to their election campaigns. The Republicans now have a great opportunity to promote their ideology as the best means to improve the lives of citizens living in America.

The veto power of the presidency is a strong counter measure to the legislative new majority who may wish to repeal several laws that the Obama administration has enacted. The Affordable Care Act has been widely discussed by many Republicans prior to the November elections as a primary area of concern. However, with 10 million more people being able to have healthcare insurance along with a projected 20 million more citizens next year; to take away their health care insurance would be committing political suicide. Fortunately, many Republicans are now vociferously announcing that modifying the law to work more efficiently would be the prudent way to proceed rather than repealing the law.

It is extremely disheartening to hear that only approximately 40 percent of the registered voters across America participated in this mid-term election. Too think that a small minority of voters decide the fate of the majority is a real blow to democracy and our political system. Democracy can only survive if the masses are educated and express their right to vote on Election Day. Despite the weaknesses of our form of government, one has to believe that those who earnestly want to become public servants, regardless of party affiliation, do so keeping in mind that their top priority is to promote the general welfare of the people who have elected them and not just the special interest groups that financially support their campaigns!