Change needs to come

Columnist

Nearly three weeks have passed since the Nov. 4th Election Day, and liberal democrats in Kansas are still just as bitter.

As the GOP took control of both chambers of Congress, the trying grumbles of those who exude blue began to shatter my ears. So much so, I’ve been boycotting every political article I see. I even came across a gentleman who was upset just to be wearing a red shirt.

Now, I am conservative. I bleed red. But I bleed red, just like everyone else on this planet. Do I agree with everything Republicans in Washington are doing? Absolutely not. To be clear, this is not an attempt to demean liberals. Simply, it’s an aim to motivate compromise.

Election Day is the one time of the year where, as an American, one can embrace democracy. Instead of groaning and grumbling, rejoice that you contributed. When a politician is elected — or an incumbent is re-elected — people gripe about it for days. Nay, weeks even.

Worry set in on Nov. 5 as the GOP took over. It was relieving to hear incoming Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell say at the appearance of his re-election in Kentucky that the Senate needs to be fixed and that Republicans are willing to work with President Obama.

He alluded to how Presidents Clinton and Reagan were able to find ways to work with past Congresses that were “outside of their control.” While it may have worked in the past, President Obama and his agenda are a part of a completely different realm.         

McConnell added that he and fellow Republicans were not sent to Washington to “fight all the time.” Rather, they need to focus on what needs to be fixed.

Many of us watch earnest men and women go to Washington to battle for ultimate power — a seemingly corrupt power. This single statement, however, gave me hope. Hope that no matter who wins an election, be it red or blue, a common understanding can be sought in our nation’s capitol.                                                   

Right now, it seems politicians would rather lose an election than be forced to compromise with their counterparts. If middle ground were sought to resolve dragging issues like the Ebola crisis, healthcare, immigration, the economy or foreign affairs, we could actually see politicians doing something to contribute to our great nation. And just maybe, we’ll bleed purple one day.

Figuratively, of course.