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Midterm Elections 2014: Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

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If there’s anything I’m looking forward to now that the midterm elections are over, it’s the end of those ridiculous campaign emails begging for money. (I know they won’t stop indefinitely, mind you, but I hope they stop coming for at least a little while.

The results of the midterm elections certainly shouldn’t have surprised Democrats, who generated daily emails weeks and months ahead of Election Day with subject lines like, “Accept Defeat,” “We’ve got nothing left,” “Kiss any hope goodbye,” “Pack up. Go home. It’s done.” and, my personal favorite, “All Hope is Lost.”

Honestly, how that kind of marketing filling people’s email inboxes was supposed to do anything other than turn people off and push them to vote “red” is beyond me.

One or two might be enough to make curiosity get the best of you and actually open the message to read what’s being said. But more than that and the sender quickly becomes, “the boy who cried wolf,” and none of the emails were even opened.

I didn’t receive as many emails from Republicans, which either means I’m not on as many of their email lists (and I don’t know why I’m on the Democrats’ email lists, to be honest) or for them “all hope” was never lost.

At a press conference Wednesday, President Obama first stated the blatantly obvious, “There is no doubt that Republicans had a good night.” He then added insult to injury with this message to voters:

“I hear you. … It’s time for us to take care of business.”

And there you have it.

The simple reason we can’t have good things. The explanation for why Congress seems to get less and less done year after year: our politicians seem to think it’s acceptable to limp along until Election Day, then come to some sudden realization about what voters want when they lose seats.

No, Mr. President, it’s not time for you and Congress to take care of business.

It has always been time. There was never a time when you shouldn’t have been taking care of business.

And if an election that shifts power in Washington is what it takes to make either side (or both of them) come to such a ridiculous conclusion, there’s an excellence chance to expect more of the same lack of accomplishment for the next two years.

Patrick is a Christian with more than 29 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.