Last night was a long night for me. First off, because I decided it was a good idea to stay up till 2:00am waiting for results to come in. And secondly, because while thankfully some of the crazy nutters up for election lost, it was not a good night for much of what I believe in.
My current home state, and state I have voted in all my life, Colorado actually buck’ed (no pun intended) the national trend. My district (CO-7) stayed Democratic, along with our senator and governor. Also, the state budget killing amendments and propositions failed, saving Colorado from becoming a delinquent in education and infrastructure spending. Here, my vote actually mattered and much of my opinions and ideals are still represented by my elected officials. As for the rest of the country, it ended up not being the worst case senario, but none the less, the Obama agenda seems to be put on hold for the time being.
Sadly, I believe the country as a whole is headed towards a political deadlock, and the next two years will (most) likely full of bickering and personal attacks. However, I look for two good things to come of this. I am foremost glad we will not go down the path that much of Europe is, with austerity measures and budget axing that is killing the middle and lower classes. I also look for more common ground to be created and the polarization of this country to subdue since each side has at least has some power over the other now. As painful as it is to say, if Congress learns to work together, the split will help us move forward together.