12 NOVEMBER 8, 2018 RIDGEWOOD TIMES WWW.QNS.COM
Moving forward after the election
Where do we go from here?
That question emerges now that
the grueling 2018 campaign
has finally ended. The votes
have been cast and counted. The winners
are celebrating; the losers seek
consolation aft er a bitter, long, nasty
campaign. The nation moves on with
its life; some are already beginning to
talk about 2020 (a mistake considering
all the other problems facing us in the
year to come).
So where do we go from here?
Do we again retreat into our respective
corners — Democrats, Republicans,
liberals, conservatives, independents,
moderates, the politically active,
the apathetic, etc. — and act in greater
divisiveness? In many respects, this is
exactly what’s occurred since the 2016
election and its outcome.
Or do we seek a different path
now, one forged in the time-honored
American concepts of humility and
Forget civility — that word has been
overused for a while now. People can
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be civil with each other while still being
too stubborn and obstinate to work
with those diff erent from each other.
We’re talking about humility and
compromise, the ability for all of us to
realize that we’re all Americans, part
of the same country. We’re not enemies,
we’re part of the same country.
And all of us, we would hope, want a
better, stronger nation than the one
we already have — and would want to
build a better, stronger nation for our
children to enjoy tomorrow.
We don’t expect everyone to start
singing Kumbaya together. We just
want the people who represent us —
particularly those in Congress and in
the White House — to start working
for us once again.
How about passing a yearlong budget
for once without allowing partisan
poison pills to spoil every attempt to
get our fi scal house in order? How
about reforming health care to drive
down costs while simultaneously expanding
How about fi nally doing something
to protect Social Security, Medicare,
Medicaid, food stamps and other
government safety nets upon which
millions of Americans pay into and rely
upon in times of personal trouble? How
about doing something to keep these
programs fi scally solvent and stopping
every attempt to raid these programs to
pay for government waste?
How about no longer embracing
divisive, hateful ideologies that
drive people apart — that seek to
dehumanize people based on religion,
race and color — and finally
renewing America as a nation that
welcomes everyone? How about reforming
our immigration without
None of this is beyond our representatives’
We’ve made our voices heard. Now
we have to make sure those we elected
listened, and help us get there.
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