Well, the people have spoken, and the messages are clear: we don’t like Obama’s policies, we reject the Democrat agenda of big government, a bad economy, weak foreign policy and the politics of anger and division, and, although we are disappointed with Republicans as well, we hope they will turn the tide and work to solve problems in practical, common sense ways.
This is being called a wave election. Republicans took control of the Senate. They now hold 32 governorships, and they extended their presence in the House of Representatives. It would appear voters want what conservatives have offered all along: limited government, fiscal sanity, economic freedom, personal liberty, strong foreign policy, and common sense domestic policies.
In other words, folks appear to be finished with Obama’s radical, secular progressive agenda, one that has failed monumentally on every front.
The challenge now is for Republicans to step up.
We hope Rand Paul and John McCain bury the hatchet. We trust Republicans will stop the infighting. Our deepest hope is Republicans and conservatives and Tea Party folks come together and agree on the two-fold brilliance of the Reagan approach:
1. DO NOT ATTACK ANYONE, ESPECIALLY THY FELLOW CONSERVATIVE
2. UNIFY AROUND A COMMON SENSE, WORKABLE PLATORM DESIGNED TO ADDRESS THE TOP CONCERNS OF THE PEOPLE
Polling shows us clearly the American people want solutions. They want progress. They want prosperity and security. They want a government working for them, finally! Here are their top concerns:
Number one: it’s the economy, hands down. The party that deals with ObamaCare, reins in regulation, approves the Keystone Pipeline, reduces taxation, and opens opportunity so that jobs are created and prosperity flourishes, that is the party that will take the White House in 2016.
Number two: security. Whether it is terrorism, Ebola, foreign threats, ISIS or the border and related immigration issues, the American people are frustrated with a government that cannot seem to do anything. The party that enhances security, addresses real threats in realistic ways, succeeds in defeating our enemies, and provides real border security is the party that will take the White House in 2016 and take control of Congress (or retain it).
Number three: the size of government, government spending, government debt, inefficient federal bureaucracy, and corruption in government. Obviously these are monster problems that will not be solved in the next two years. However, the party that presents a clear message articulating a real set of solutions will be the party that earns the confidence of the majority of voters.
The Republicans have been handed a golden opportunity this election. Citizens have been clear. It is now time for Republicans to be clear, unified, consistent and effective, reaching out to those Democrats who are likewise ready to put country before party. If that involves the President, all the better, but don’t hold your breath.