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Well its now official, we have taken both houses of government in Washington. But the real challenge is whether or not our newly elected officials can clean up our broken budget and repair the broken politics.

From shining sea to shining sea the Wave of Blue has crashed upon the shores of Washington DC. And it will wash out the problems faced by all of us.

The war, costs of health care, college, prescription drugs and retirement security are the first steps. It can be done but only if the Democrats walk in lock step with one another.

President Bush took the first step to fix the problem with the war in dumping Rumsfeld, but I for one think he has merely jumped out of the skillet into the fire with Bob Gates. Don't get me wrong, the guy is experienced, someone said earlier today that he worked for seven Presidents. But at what spying on the American people? I have my doubts, but am willing to see what he does before dumping on him.

We Democrats must not forget the election of 2008. But our representatives in Washington must not think short term, they must take the necessary steps to make the future of this country secure, to make it a country that cares once again, to create programs that alleviate the problems faced by millions of Americans in health care, education, global warming, and Social Security to name a few.

Members of gave of their hard earned money, of their time to create this Wave of Blue, I for one am darn proud of each and everyone of them.

We Democrats across the nation have no time to rest on our laurels. There are school board, municipal elections and other elections coming up in the next few months. We took back our Government, we are taking back the Democratic Party thanks to Gov. Howard Dean, we must also take back local governments if we are going to see change in this country.

Many are saying it wasn't so much the issues as it was a vote against Bush and his Republican cohorts, but believe me it was the issues at the core of this election. We raised the issues that powered the election; especially Iraq, which some pundits told Democrats to steer clear of. We didn't listen to the political know it alls, we pushed the war in Iraq, and it was a big deciding factor in this election.

It was these same pundits who said that a Wave of Blue was impossible, that sweeping change could not occur. Guess what it happened and is happening as I write this.

New life, new blood in government is needed to formulate changes that are necessary as we face the unknown future.

Its been a long hard fought battle to get where we are today, its been a long couple of days as we waited with bated breath for the final shoe to fall in Montana and Virginia. But its done and we now face a brighter future in America.

Ron McBride    
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Originally posted to WeDemocrats on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 09:50 PM PST.

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  •  I wrote this song in advance!!! (0+ / 0-)

    My dreams came true this afternoon when VA switched to blue.

    I'm dreaming of a Blue Congress
    Just like the ones I used to know
    Where the people govern
    and Congresspeople listen
    To hear the people who are so true
    I'm dreaming of a Blue Congress
    With every subpoena that they write
    May Denny Hastert be so through
    And may all your Congresses be Blue
    I'm dreaming of a Blue Congress
    May their laws all be so true
    May the Red Team eat doo doo
    And may all your Congresses be Blue

    "We will now proceed to construct the socialist order."

    by 7November on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 09:52:27 PM PST

  •  hmm. (0+ / 0-)

    From shining sea to shining sea the Wave of Blue has crashed upon the shores of Washington DC.

    That wasn't a tsunami, though.  That was thunderdome .. or bum fights.  Too many close calls on election night, and every vote STILL hasn't been counted.

    Democrats have the scoreboard, but the amazing thing to me is just how evenly split America is.  Margins of victory of 1%, 2% ... across the country, repeatedly, over and over.

    Now is not the time for crowing about mandates or messages sent (though don't get me wrong, a major message was sent yesterday).  Now is the time for true bipartisan alliances, and aisle crossing.

    Becoming as hubris filled as the Republicans became after 'winning it all' will NOT help the Democrats in the long run.

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