Democrats, Republicans need to work together

November 8, 2012

The results of Tuesday's election clearly indicate polar political views across the country. Consider our gridlocked Congress. Even locally, burned campaign signs and vandalized billboards show a childish unwillingness to listen or respect differing views.

By using one word to describe the outcome of Tuesday's election, The Pew Research Centerfound that even those emotions varied drastically from "happy" and "relieved" to "disappointed" and "horrified."

President Barack Obama said in acceptance speech Wednesday morning, “In the coming weeks and months I am looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together.”

Now the hard work really begins. It will be a tough order.

"There is no indication that the intransigence Mr. Obama encountered from the opposition party will diminish," The Washington Post wrote in an editorial.

So for the billions spent on relentless campaigns, and millions on advertisements, we get the same president, the same party running the House and the same party running the Senate, The Dallas Morning News points out.

"And the same problems confronting a divided nation, chief among them an inability to achieve solution through common-sense compromise," it continues.

Among those concerns our country faces are slow economic recovery, a sharp rise in taxes and slashed spending, and the potential to exceed the debt ceiling again. The column points a finger at high unemployment rates and a drag on economic recovery. "Entitlement and tax reform are at once logical and distant, as is immigration reform and a national energy policy."

"Neither party has all the answers," the column continues. "Each has some, with the truth usually somewhere in between. By working together, they actually could achieve more."

Obama and Mitt Romney touched on important themes of bipartisan cooperation in their remarks early Wednesday. But "too often, their words fade quickly in the face of governing."

Ultimately, our social and economic challenges are too important for partisan politics to intervene more than they have already.