11/07/2012 02:34 am ET Updated Jan 06, 2013

To Move Forward, We Must End Partisan Politics

By 11:18 p.m. EST, America had found out that the President will be re-elected, the House will remain under Republican control and the Democrats will retain a Senate majority. Basically, everything will stay the same. So we are left to ask, will anything be different?

We still have the same issues staring us down that must be dealt with. Most pressing of which is the fiscal cliff. More to the point, we must demand that both parties in Congress start to genuinely work together. Because we all can agree, that partisan politics has gridlocked our country for far too long.

Obama tweeted: "We're all in this together." Well, he is right. But bringing the country together is a huge challenge. How can we finally end partisanship in our country? Will Obama be able to do it? No. We have to do it.

We need to stand together and say in one resounding voice -- time to work for us. Because without such pressure it will surely not happen. America can move forward, but if it doesn't start with you, if it doesn't originate from us, things will stay the same.

Together, we can force both parties to resolve the issues we all face as a nation. Together, we show that we are not that polarized, that we are united in our cause for progress -- that we have a voice that continues past our vote.