Perhaps, instead of trying to "win the hearts and minds" of the folks in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, Republicans could start doing so here at home, with all Americans.
There are a couple things on the 2012 ballot that carried a lot of weight for me: the presidential election and Washington State's Referendum 74 legalizing same sex marriage were personally significant.
My mother raised me right. I have always looked beyond my own life to have compassion for others. Even considering my own interests, I find that there are reasons to have voted Democratic in this election other than feminism and LGBT equality.
Team Obama will forever be credited with a brilliant organizational strategy backed up by a flawless implementation delivered by troops whose dedication, commitment, and seriousness caught the opposition flatfooted.
"Four more years." Three simple words that could have been written by any Democratic supporter on Tuesday night but in this case they came from the President of the United States himself to announce his second term.
President Obama may be black, but he couldn't talk about issues that are vital to our survival -- high unemployment, racist drug laws, disproportionately high imprisonment rates and sentences, inadequate access to health care, etc. -- without scaring the white folks.
As we have become a more diverse and heterogeneous country (a good thing), many of the participants on the left and right have become less tolerant of each other (a not-so-good thing). The only way to govern this country is to bridge the divides that have become so apparent.
Health care for all. That's what President Barack Obama's reelection means to the more than 40 million Americans who either do not have health insurance or do not have enough.
On the first day of the legislative session, rules changes can be enacted with a simple majority vote. With the new additions, a growing consensus within Senate itself, and Reid's leadership, filibuster reform is firmly within reach. Now, the public must demand action.
On Tuesday, the American people spoke and aligned themselves with being part of "progress." We took another step for mankind and I hope we can take some "leaps" in the future too.
In gerrymandering the state, Ohio's Republican legislature and governor not only gave the party an unearned gift of four congressional seats, but probably made it harder to recruit the strongest Democratic candidates for all contested elections.
Every amendment, every bill, every ballot and every choice divides us, Americans, into groups. It is no wonder why this 2012 election was so close -- whatever happened to united we stand?
Thanks so much, Roger Ailes -- we couldn't have done it without you! And all praise to George Will, Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, et al. -- if not for you, and your legions of credulous friends and followers, we never could have re-elected Barack Obama....
American voters long for a modernized immigration system that will create jobs for American workers, protect American families and restore American due process and fairness.
America's voters didn't only choose a new president Tuesday. They also gave notice that neither money nor intimidation can turn American politics back to either the last century or old power relationships.
President Obama has nothing to lose in his second term. Rather than put his faith in a gridlocked Congress, he should look out to the people who applauded when he spoke out about climate change.