"The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." -- Margaret Thatcher.
It has been one day since the election ended. The good news is that the political ads have ceased, at least for now. I find myself discouraged and confused as to how our land of opportunity has become the land of the hand out.
I watched the election results, saw the reports of voter fraud and read my "facebook friends" comments on the election - from both the party that won and the party that lost.
I heard the losing party speak out in frustration and sadness. I read gracious posts and hopes for the future from Romney voters.
Sadly, from the "winning" side, posts were neither gracious nor respectful, rather childlike and spoiled.
I realize that it is not fair to make generalizations to either side. In fact, it is rather one dimensional to assume that all Democrats or Republicans believe in their party 100%.
I struggle with taking the high road when I hear others spouting rhetoric and party lies. I have one cousin who is a Chicago Democrat. Before 10:00 pm, he posted an outrageous post about how Romney was out of line for not giving a concession speech. When it was given, it wasn't good enough.
A second cousin, living in a socialist country overseas, couldn't wait to hear that Obama won and posted regularly on the state of the Obama nation in this country. And in both cases, they attribute any problems with our government to either George Bush or Fox News.
There is a solution, but it is not one that anyone in government wants to enact. Elected officials need to follow the Constitution and stop spending.
This election proved that it was about "feel good" politics. Issues such legalizing gay marriage, reaffirming abortion rights (that have not been removed) and special interest entitlements were the key issues that ran the election and split party lines.
Personal responsibility, economics, national defense and freedom of religion were not the plight of the winners.
This is not the America I want.