Now What?

It's time for all of us to exercise a little political correctness
by By Larry Aylward/Editorial Director

I'm glad it's over. But will anything change? That's up to us.

We now know our president for the next four years. And many Republicans are as bitter as a pale ale.

An alarming problem the past few years has been the inability for Republicans and Democrats to get along in Congress so they can negotiate laws on behalf of the people. Their jobs as politicians are to compromise to gets thing done. But they are failing to do so, which impacts many things, including the fragile economy. In case you haven't noticed: The talk of the past week in political and economic circles has been dominated by the fiscal cliff.

But while many people outside of the political spectrum complain about this, many people outside of that spectrum also seem to drive it. In the weeks leading up to the election, all you had to do was turn on the radio and listen to the people calling into the radio shows to voice their opinions, which were filled with dissent. Or, you could've just taken a ride around town and looked at some of the bumper stickers on cars and trucks. I saw one that said something about reclaiming freedom by not re-electing Obama. A little over the top, don't you think?

Abraham Lincoln said that "government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." But we'd better get our acts together soon or it will disappear.

That means all of us, not just the people in Washington. I was disappointed that neither Obama nor Romney mentioned that we, the people, have to do our parts to make our nation great. But politicians these days don't have the guts to touch that lightning rod at the risk of alienating voters.

But what John F. Kennedy said more than 50 years ago - "My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country" - is one of the great political proverbs of all time.

We need to abide by this proverb more than ever, and it starts with eliminating the political divisiveness among parties.

Sandy Queen, president of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, is a Republican who voted for Romney. But Queen told me, "I just ask that our country unites together, regardless of who's elected, to take on the real challenges that we have." 

Some may say that Queen is being politically correct. But this is a case where we all need to be politically correct.