election day has come and gone. the results are in, the political commercials are no longer on television, the signs that seemed to take over every square inch of unoccupied lots, yards and corners are being taken down. the winners have celebrated and the losers have moved into the shadows. the analysts have all given their take on the how and why and what if and what may be. fox news is beaming anew, msnbc has a hangover, cnn is reeling and president obama is still ...well...abit lost. and now we wait...for january and beyond.
i have a message for the republicans, or maybe it's more of a request. it's not a plea, because if it comes to that....you can be replaced as easily as you were voted in. you have an opportunity in front of you now. you can do what few people have had the opportunity to do. you can right the course that this country is on and you can ensure that it remains on that course. you can undo the wrong and keep doing the right. you have control of both houses and for now the attention and support of the american people. you have been elected...selected...to represent us and our best interests.
when you take office in january i realize you will have a zest and an urgency to begin the business at hand. i fully realize there are alot of problems to be dealt with. i understand you have some business that the democrats started that you would like to bring to a full halt. i also know that you have an unfulfilled agenda that has been gridlocked for awhile. i comprehend that there is an election in 2016 and the stakes then will be much higher than they were in this election. i also anticipate manuvering and jockeying for position for those among you who would be president of this nation. before you begin your term and your effort to finally push meaningful legislation thru congress and senate there is one simple thing i want you to remember...one simple phrase...one simple concept. DO NOT FORGET.
do not forget the families struggling to keep a home. do not forget the children who worry about where their next meal is coming from. do not forget those who do not have a home and are sleeping in missions and shelters or on the street. do not forget the homeless men, women and children who died in last year's winter, the reasons they died and the relatively simple things that could have prevented those deaths. yes..they are important...yes..they matter. do not forget those who are still unemployed and continue to strive and struggle to find a job, while attempting to hold on to their home and family. yes...they are important..and yes they matter. do not forget the 11.5 million immigrants that are already in this country and have been for awhile. do not forget the faces behind those immigrants. do not forget our veterans and their families who have recently went thru years of war, injuries and death to protect and keep this nation free. do not forget our elderly who often barely make it from month to month. do not forget our cities that have been forsaken for so long. bring prosperity back to them and allow them to flourish again. do not forget our middle class....yes...it is still alive. lumped up, chipped up, bruised but not defeated, it still exists and is waiting for the opportunity to proudly shine again. they too matter and are an important part of what you were elected to rescue, repair and renew. do not forget that this country is indeed diverse and varied. but also do not forget that diversity does not mean forsaking the majority and their traditional values. do not forget the mentally ill or those suffering from disabilities. do not forget that despite the need for growth and prosperity there is also a need for affordable and stable, sustainable housing for them. do not forget one important message that still resonates from over two decades ago....it's the economy stupid.
just a simple message....with so many things involved. do not forget ...you were elected to serve these people....you were not elected to worry about the next election or who is going to run for president in 2016. you were not elected to punish the democrats or give the middle finger to president obama. you were elected to address the problems and issues that these people and more have been struggling with for many years. do not forget....you were elected because the last group of people forgot. just a simple message....DO NOT FORGET...because if you do....we will not forget
see you around town...in november 16