Public confidence in the integrity of the Government is indispensable to faith in democracy; and when we lose faith in the system, we have lost faith in everything we fight and spend for. ~ Adlai E. Stevenson
I’ll attempt to make this the last bit of politics that you hear from this corner for some time. I know that you’re tired of it. I certainly am. The truth is that you’re either overjoyed at yesterday’s events or you’re dismayed at the turn of the tide. But, as Mr. Stevenson so ably put it, you cannot lose faith in the system. It is imperative that we find common ground in the idea that our system of government works. May I also point out that because we are a government of the people, we should be a government that is educated and desirous of great things. We should not be a government that simply wants to relish the competition and vanquishing of an opponent. We should yearn for a connection that binds us as one people with united goals and not dissolve into cliques and backstabbing like so many middle school lunch tables.
To be frank, I’m disappointed a little in my state. Not terribly surprised, mind you, but disappointed. Still, if Senator-elect Rand Paul is who the people trust to lead the commonwealth, then we should stand behind him until he proves himself incapable of that charge. I’d also like to take a moment to be proud of Jack Conway‘s concession speech when he could easily have turned his back on the idea of a united people, but instead graciously accepted the will of the citizens and issued the challenge to support his opponent. However, the other races that I had an above average interest in went the way I expected them too and I can only hope that I, along with the rest of the majority, made the right decision in those respects.
But democracy isn’t a state of perfection. It has to be improved, and that means constant vigilance. ~ Antonio Tabucchi
See you in the funny papers!