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Gridlock!

The country votes for two more years of government stagnation, maybe longer.

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Not knowing how the presidential election was going to turn out, I wrote two separate articles depending on the outcome, one if President Obama won the election, and one if Governor Romney had won. Now that we know the outcome, we can proceed.

By a narrow margin, Barack Obama retained his job as president of the United States. It was certainly NOT a mandate, but rather a simple plurality. Nonetheless, it is still his job to perform and we can only hope he can somehow reduce the unemployment rate, balance the budget, and cut the federal debt. Regardless of what you thought of Mr. Obama before the election, it is up to him to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Whether he is able to do so is questionable as the country will continue to spiral downward thanks to the gridlock between the Congress and the Oval Office.

Unlike President Clinton, who was able to work with a Republican Congress, it is more likely the president and the GOP will remain at loggerheads, at least until the next Congressional election in two years. If the last two years are any measure, the country will increase the federal debt, unemployment will remain high, and the direction of the country will continue to spiral out of control.

The Republicans will have to go back to the drawing board in order to retake the White House. No matter how they spun it, Mitt Romney was more of a moderate than a conservative. John McCain was essentially no different in 2008. Now, with Mr. Obama firmly in charge of the White House, I believe the next GOP contender to emerge will be a true conservative. If the government stagnates, as I suspect it will, the Tea Party will likely grow and flourish over the next two years and will no longer back down from senior Republicans who are moderate in nature. The conservative movement will become more robust and take control of both houses of Congress in 2014. After that, the White House in 2016.

Four years ago, I wrote a column on "Presidential Legacies." In it, I publicly thanked President Bush for his service to the country. I was ridiculed for doing so, but I was unapologetic and remain so to this day. Interestingly, Mr. Obama's legacy will not be his policies or actions (some would say "inactions"), but for re-awakening the conservative movement in this country. It's an interesting dichotomy whereby the more President Obama wins, the greater his opposition grows. Conversely, if he loses, the conservatives weaken. Consider this, had Barack Obama lost in 2008 it is highly unlikely the Tea Party would have ever surfaced, and the Democrats wouldn't have lost the House of Representatives in 2010.

Let's just hope I'm wrong and that the country will work out its differences. You'll excuse me if I do not hold my breath.

Keep the Faith!

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Harborite November 09, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Pres. Obama easily won the election by 3 million votes. This is hardly a "narrow margin" as you state. You are knowingly repeating a Karl Rove lie. The gridlock that you complain about has occurred because of Congressional Tea Party Republicans. Nearly all of them have signed the Grover Norquist tax pledge refusing to compromise by raising even one additional dollar in taxes in order to balance the federal budget. The Republican Party is a party in decline and this is good for America. All of the future demographic trends are going against the GOP. If they could not win in 2012, they will certainly not win in 2016 or 2020. Conservatives are on the wrong side of history on most issues like women's reproductive rights, equal pay for women, gay marriage, immigration, voting rights, public education, and the need for a strong government that supports and protects everybody and not just protects the wealthy. My wife and I were once moderate Republicans, but we left the GOP because it is now filled with bigots, racists, anti-science groups, religious fundamentalists, extremists, tea partiers, and those who only care about the wealthiest in our society. Let's hope that the current GOP dies quickly and in the future becomes a moderate, thoughtful, compromising party that cares about everybody equally.
David Conkle November 10, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Well said Joe, don't forget the misogonists, homophobes and knuckle draggin gun toters in your comments!
rick barasso January 01, 2013 at 05:49 PM
NAFROW MARGIN???? This guy is either constantly misinformed, probably due to too much FOX NEWS or to many Tea party meetings or might be attributed to his homophobic, racist attitude. Or, he is just plain delusional. At any rate, he is a sad man, who had a sad 2012, and I'm sure is destined to a sad 2013...
Dan Pressler January 01, 2013 at 08:14 PM
2012 was sad for conservatives - 2013 will be at least as bad - the future of america is at risk until Obama & others of his ilk are out of power - elected, appointed or otherwise. our children and grandchildren will be paying for the folly of this (mal)administration financially & otherwise
JaaaaaaayBeeeeeeeeee January 02, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Dan, When 1 out of every 4 corporations don't pay a penny in taxes and 8 members of the Walton family (Wal-Mart heirs) collectively own more stuff than the combined wealth of 30% of the US population, I, for one, am perfectly happy to see them SAD.

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