Editorial: Break out the olive branch
Republicans made big gains in Congress Tuesday—taking control of the House of Representatives and narrowing the margin in the Senate—just as the pollsters and prognosticators predicted.
Now it’s their turn … we wish them well as they attempt to forge an agenda that will actually help the nation recover from its overlong economic slump.
Never mind the cause of the slump or the debate about on whose watch it happened. Never mind that the parties remain bitterly divided over the best ways to move on. The Republicans have regained a large part of control over national affairs. Can they break the D.C. gridlock?
We have a couple of questions that arose as the campaign went on. The GOP campaign phrase: "Take our country back" and its variant "take Congress back" … from what? to what? This never seemed clearly defined.
The Tea Party movement has much cause for pride. It riveted the attention of many voters and got their support. There’s no arguing that its energy and enthusiasm have electrified the political process. Now that its influence will be felt in the land … will its politics work?
We do have one quibble about this movement that has many collective "patriot" groups at its core: if Tea Partiers are patriots, what does that make those who disagree with them? Are they to be viewed as traitors? We certainly hope the movement never embraces or acts upon that philosophy.
The election is over and the animosity, for the moment, is suspended. For America to progress, men and women of good will have to find a way to reach across the divide, to join forces and to push the huge stumbling blocks out of the nation’s path. It will take earnest efforts on both sides of the aisle in Congress to make that happen.