With President Obama’s re-election we can be certain of some of the things that are ahead of us.
Obamacare will proceed. The drawdown of troops in Afghanistan will continue. And it is likely the president will have a nomination to the Supreme Court sometime in his next four years.
The issues we aren’t sure of that were major campaign issues for both Obama and Mitt Romney remain as concerns for our future, such as the struggling economy, the fact 23 million Americans are still out of work and the worries on the international front due to the civil war in Syria and the threat of a nuclear program in Iran.
So we proceed into the next four years much the same as we ended the last. Obama is president. The Democrats control the Senate and the Republicans control the House.
Will Obama be able to steamroll his agenda in spite of Republican opposition in Congress? Will the Republicans be able to keep his agenda in check?
At least the president seems to realize the need to work with Republicans on our nation’s recovery. In his acceptance speech Tuesday night, he said the following:
“Our economy is recovering. A decade of war is ending. A long campaign is now over. And whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you, I have learned from you, and you’ve made me a better president. And with your stories and your struggles, I return to the White House more determined and more inspired than ever about the work there is to do and the future that lies ahead.
“Tonight you voted for action, not politics as usual. You elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours. And 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. Reducing our deficit. Reforming our tax code. Fixing our immigration system. Freeing ourselves from foreign oil. We’ve got more work to do.
“But that doesn’t mean your work is done. The role of citizen in our democracy does not end with your vote. America’s never been about what can be done for us. It’s about what can be done by us together through the hard and frustrating, but necessary work of self-government. That’s the principle we were founded on.”
Let’s hope we can, indeed, work together.