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I wrote this post well over a month before the election and without regard as to who might win since I believe the sentiment to be valid no matter who, in fact, won. 

As you read this, the Presidential election is over and the people have made their choice.   Now, all of us must accept that choice and hope that our President does a good job and can find a way to fairly and equitably fix the economy as well as keep us safe from those that would seek to harm us.

When I first voted in a Presidential election, I was an idealist and voted for George McGovern who lost in a landslide to Richard Nixon.   I was devastated and felt like the country would never survive such a travesty.   Over the years, sometimes the candidate that I supported has won and sometimes he has lost.   In each case, the person elected was never as good as I had hoped or as bad as I had feared.   The power of the President is limited by the political process and by the checks and balances created by Congress and the Courts.   I also have learned that people who are elevated to such a lofty position usually rise to the occasion and try to do the right thing for the country and not just play favorites with their specific constituency.

Regardless of whether or not my candidate has won, I always try to remain optimistic about the future of our country in the belief that no one person, not even the President, can change who we are as a nation or irrevocably alter the things that make our country great.

Like everything in life, we all must take the good with the bad as nothing and no one will be perfect.  So, when it comes to politics you could say that every bowl of cherries also has some pits or sometimes we have to accept that every bowl of pits will also have some cherries depending on how we feel about who won.

On Monday, Joe comments on the need to make our Constitution more relevant to today’s world in “Is The US Constitution Still Relevant?”.

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Based on recent news, the post originally scheduled for today has been changed.

HE SAYS:

With one off the cuff comment from Mitt Romney, the 99% suddenly became the 47% as the rallying cry of the liberal media, pundits and President Obama supporters.

Let’s get to the truth behind the comment.   Mr. Romney is correct in stating that those people who, for whatever reason, have too little income to pay income taxes and, more to the point, rely on the government for support and benefits in one form or another would never vote for a candidate that wants less government involvement in so called entitlement programs.   This is simply a fact of life and not a moral judgment on this portion of the electorate.   Why should Romney care to tailor his campaign toward those who would never vote for him?   Do you suppose that the Obama campaign spends any time on the concerns of the rich and successful business community?

It is no more appropriate to say that Mitt Romney does not want to lead low income people if elected than it is to say that President Obama does not want to lead the high income portion of the electorate even though he wants to stick them with higher taxes and impose more governmental control over them.   The fundamental difference between the two, as I see it, is that Mitt Romney wants to create a climate where people can work to achieve their own prosperity whereas President Obama wants to dispense with that effort and simply redistribute that prosperity from those who have already achieved it to those who have not been able to achieve prosperity on their own.    Each candidate is framing their message accordingly not based on being judgmental but on the reality of who constitutes their core supporters.

What I hate about the political process in this country is how contrived it can be when people cynically and deceptively try to exploit any comment or remark into an agenda to discredit the candidate they already don’t like.   It becomes gotcha politics as each side waits to pounce on any real or perceived misstep of the opposing candidate instead of carefully weighing all of the pertinent and relevant facts to determine who truly would be the best leader for our country.

I don’t care who anyone votes for but what I do care about is that people make their choice wisely and not based on sound bites, contrived hysteria and outrage, or pseudo-scientific charts and graphs plastered all over social media trying to define the now slighted 47%.

On Monday, Joe reflects on the fact that we all benefit from each other in “Nothing New Under The Sun”.

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