Parting thoughts on the 2014 U.S. Congressional Election

Last Tuesday was Election Day in the U. S.

Citizens turned out to vote in surprising numbers.  Many states, counties and cities reported turn-out that rivalled turnout for Presidential elections.  This is a positive sign.  It indicates that many of our fellow citizens were interested enough to make their voices heard.  Exit polling data showed that of those voting against Democrats, most did so because of the policies of the Administration.  Exit polling data also suggested that in some metro areas, like St Louis and Chicago, Black/African-American voters and women voted Republican in addition to customary Republican voters such as whites, Christians, and families with children and at least one wage-earner.

The Republican Party, which ran on no national platform, and has been labelled by Democrats and the media as the ‘Party of No,’ won impressively.  In the next Congress, the Republican Party will have its largest majority in the House of Representatives since the 1920s.  Republican Candidates for Governor who ran on platforms of lower taxes, more personal freedom, more personal responsibility and free market principles such as the right to work and less government regulation — such as Scott Walker in Wisconsin, John Kasich in Ohio and Rick Scott in Florida also won handily.  Republicans also won impressively in the State Legislatures and other state and local offices.  Without a national platform, such as former Speaker Newt Gingrich’s Contract with America, there’s only one way to interpret this:  those who voted largely wanted to change the direction of the country.  They want to stop the Administration’s Policies.

The U. S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Republican Establishment campaigned in force for Establishment candidates running for re-election.  In South Carolina they supported Lindsey Graham who won handily in the national election, but only won his primary by 56%.  Similarly in Mississippi, Thad Cochran was re-elected last Tuesday, but nearly lost his primary.  The Republican Establishment may say that they have crushed the conservatives and the Tea Party and try to compromise with the Democrats.  But they spend enormous amounts of money and political capital in personal appearances to keep Sen Graham and Sen Cochran in office.

So Messers Boehner and McConnell may think they have a mandate to compromise, to pass amnesty for illegal immigrants, to keep the borders open, to leave the Affordable Care Act in force.

On the other hand, where conservative ‘Tea Party’ candidates ran for open seats, they won.  Joni Earnst, a Pro-life, conservative woman and retired military Veteran won a U. S. Senate seat from Iowa.  Mia Love, a Tea Party favorite in Utah, will be the first Black woman Republican in the House of Representatives. Ms. Love will also be the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.  And the first African-American elected to the Senate from the South since Reconstruction was Tim Scott a Tea Party candidate, not a Democrat.  These candidates won because of their merits, their ideas, and the content of their character, not some Government mandated affirmative action.  And every U. S. Senate candidate, who campaigned to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also won.

In his comments the following day, the President remarked that two-thirds of the country did not vote.  I haven’t heard any news sources challenge this statistic, so for the sake of discussion, we’ll accept it.  Two-thirds of the country not turning out to vote, indicates apathy.  This is a bad sign.    Of course the President also said he hears the two-thirds who didn’t vote.  He’s listening to the majority of Americans who are either satisfied with the direction of the country, or too apathetic to vote.  Those of us who do care about the future of our country need to reach out to our friends and neighbors.

We need to reach out today, not next week.  We need talk to them tomorrow, not wait for the next election cycle.  For one reason, we will have to keep the pressure on the Establishment Republicans to stand for principle and not compromise with the Democrats.   But the more important reasons are that we need to show them that self-reliance, not reliance on big government programs, works.  We the People, we the Faithful, not the government, need to be the ones feeding the hungry, clothing the cold, and giving shelter to those without a home.  If we voluntarily join on another, through free-association, and not forced collectivism, we can stand for and strengthen the traditional American virtues of rugged individualism, self-reliance and faith.  We need to reach out because faith, hope and love can change the world, too.

These opinions are naturally my own, unless otherwise cited, and not those of my employers

What do you think of the election results? Do you think Americans are rejecting the Progressive / collectivist direction in favor of self-reliance and faith? Let us know in the comments.

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