The Times West Virginian

September 28, 2012

No matter result of Nov. 6 election, change must come in Washington, D.C.


Times West Virginian

— No matter what, someone is going to win the presidency on Nov. 6.

And no matter what, that election is going to be an historic one.

You see, no incumbent president with such a low popularity rating has ever been re-elected. But before the Romney camp gets too excited, no challenger with such a low approval rating has ever unseated an incumbent president either.

Since there’s no “none of the above” option on the ballot unless a voter intentionally leaves the race blank, someone will win.

But will America win with the outcome of the election?

We’ve expressed our concerns in the past that the 112th Congress has accomplished very little but political grandstanding and politicking. The past two years have been either a re-election platform for sitting members or, as Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in October of 2010, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”

So the interests of the American public have been set aside while a Republican-controlled House has attempted to make the Democratic president’s term unsuccessful, and the Democratic-controlled Senate has blocked almost every single bill passed by the House, almost on principle.

So we wait for Nov. 6 in high hopes that something will change.

And change must happen. And it will happen. Either voters are going to cast votes in a way that creates a majority rule with a president, House and Senate of the same political party. Or Obama will be re-elected and there would be no need for the Republican leadership to paint a target on a second-term president’s back.

Or, perhaps both parties will come to the conclusion that the best thing for America for the next four years is bipartisanship and moving America forward. Perhaps a light will go on and politicians will realize that voters will appreciate a record of success more than how well they’ve protected the interests of their own party.

And we can hope that something will change.

But every American has something more powerful than hope. Casting a vote for the candidate you believe in, the one who has similar values to your own, the one who is aligned with your priorities is more important now that ever.

Things will change, but the power of the vote never will.