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- Celebrate Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Let’s work together to fix broken government policies
Since President Barack Obama was reelected to office on Nov. 6, 2012, it was apparent that many were upset by the outcome of the election. This seems to be the case in every close election because approximately half the country is disappointed in the outcome. However, the political atmosphere seemed a more intense than past elections after Governor Mitt Romney’s defeat.
For starters, Romney did not concede for about 90 minutes after several news networks, including CNN, Fox News, ABC, and NBC, projected President Obama as the winner. He had supposedly only written a victory speech, which simply means that he was confident that he would win. Many of his followers were as well. After many networks projected Governor Romney’s loss, I saw many Facebook statuses announcing that some of my friends were prepared to move to Canada because President Obama had been reelected.
These people obviously did not realize that Canada is a country where the healthcare system is socialized, gay marriage is legal, abortion is legal in all three trimesters, and tax rates are much higher than in America. If people stopped a second to think, they would realize that in many ways, Canada is what liberal America wants to be. Could living in Canada really be better if it represented everything the conservative Republican Party fought against?
The Facebook statuses and Twitter rants may have stopped a few days after the election, but then began the petitions for succession. When I first saw the headline, I figured extremists wanted the South to rise up again. Then I realized that people in Colorado, New York, California, and Pennsylvania had created petitions of their own. All of these states went with the Democratic Party this election.
What all of this showed me was that our country is deeply divided, too divided to realize that a victory for the other side does not signify the end of the world. Some people were probably upset that Obama won because of racist sentiments, but the truth is most people simply believe that their America will be governed by a leader who does not have their nor the country’s best interests in mind. This is simply not true. Both candidates put all of their strength into a campaign because they wanted to create a powerful, successful America. The only difference was their visions of how to bring that America to life.
Yes, Democrats and Republicans don’t agree on tax rates, military spending, or social issues. However, we all still want a prosperous America. Can we not compromise and work together to achieve this vision? After all, people all around the world wish that they could be a part of our great nation. Maybe we should be thankful for being fortunate enough to live in such a great country and work together to fix what’s broken in our government policy.