For the past few years I've been somewhat disappointed with our system of balloting. The historic elections yesterday showed that the American people can still create change if they desire it enough, in spite of Diebold, long lines, rain, dirty tricks, etc. and etc. Not only by the change in power in the House and Senate, but by how the voting on referendum issues went regarding abortion, same-sex unions, eminent domain and the like. I see America returning to its center. Twelve years of insanity are over, born of Gingrich's confrontational bluster and adopted by a party in power as standard operating procedure. It's a wonder Clinton was able to accomplish anything at all during his administration, hamstrung as he was by the constant partisan roadblocks put in his way.
I'm really not trying to slam any particular party, but the fact is that any party that holds all the power is going to go nuts. Take Philly as an example of Democratic excess. With that in mind, our political culture has been insane for the past 12 years. The Republican majority was a failure. Hopefully, we can now get back to leaders that operate within their budget, examine problems carefully before acting rather than lashing out in anger and vengeance (or in political expediency), and understand that we share this world with everyone else and that there is no other place for anyone to go.
I surely hope so!