2006-11-16 / Editorial

Political wisdom of our founding fathers

Last week, this nation's voters opted to shift the balance of power in Congress, putting the Democrats in control of both the Senate and the House for the first time in years.

The war in Iraq loomed largest among many issues confronting voters. What were considered "Red" states became "Blue" as the electorate put the Democrats in charge not only on the national level, but in many state governments as well.

The pendulum of politics has again swung, but for how long remains to be seen. The task ahead of the Democrats appears Augean. The nation will watch closely as these new leaders take on the mess in Iraq while also tackling foreign policy, trade, terrorism, immigration, education, health care, and Social Security.

Can our nation be made safe while restoring our image on the world stage? Will the growing national deficit be brought under control? Is there time to repair the damage to our environment before we experience cataclysmic climate change?

Finally, can we safeguard our society so that everyone has access to a good education and quality health care?

The election serves as a reminder of the lasting effectiveness of our Constitution. More than 200 years ago, the founding fathers created a simple, but elegant outline for a government that continues to operate on a self-correcting course. No single party rules forever. The delicate balance and separation of powers between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches remain effective as long as this nation's citizens choose to exercise their right to vote.

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