By Matt Reese
I took note this day after the election that the sun indeed rose in the east and crossed the sky as usual. It provided some perspective to the conclusion of the raucous few months of hype, promises, rhetoric, and politicking that have bombarded Ohioans.
Of course, winners rejoiced with unbridled optimism regarding the positive changes for the future and losers lamented the disastrous outcome for life as we know it. Ultimately, the truth of the matter is that the election results will be neither as idyllic as hoped or as horrific as feared. We have a proven system of checks and balances that (for better or worse) reign in these extremes. It may be flawed, but it keeps chugging along, just like that sun crossing the sky overhead.
This election, though, seemed that the stakes were a bit higher from the two very different, but both well-intentioned presidential candidates (and their respective parties). Time will tell how things play out. Will the winners be able to point to their record of unprecedented success? Will the losers be able to legitimately claim, “I told you so?” Probably not. While the campaigns would have you believe that they were offering clear paths to ultimate success, those paths are really not that clear, or that simple.
And, while one could sit and ponder the possibilities or lost opportunities for hours, there are more pressing issues at hand — the farm bill, the looming potential tax debacle in 2013, social security, immigration, climate change, energy, environmental regulations, etc. It would be a fool who would bet on any presidential candidate to solve all of these issues and make everyone (or even most people) happy. But I will bet that the sun will again make its rounds tomorrow and fulfill its daily duties. It has work to do, and if there any hope at a bright and improving future for this country, so do we.