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Democratic loss should not become the elephant in the room

While President Barack Obama (above) and his fellow Democrats may not be thrilled the Republicans control the US House of Representatives and Senate as of Tuesday’s election, perhaps both major political parties can work together to resolve the nation’s political and economic struggles. (PHOTO CREDIT: TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE)

This past Election Day, the Republican Party made huge gains nationwide, dominating the Democratic Party in the House of Representatives, the Senate and even the number of governors among the states, a tally the party already had a pretty tight command on.

Of course, these results sparked bouts of sadness in students in colleges and universities all across America as they are now trying to cope with the idea of, God forbid, living in a state or district represented by a Republican.

I feel as if I represent many students and Americans by saying that neither party is really a shining example of values and virtues that we are supposed to stand for; in fact, many people do not simply like either party because of the political gridlock that dominates our current government.

However, maybe a lot of people are jumping to conclusions way before we can actually see if anything will happen due to a House and Senate that is dominated by Republicans.

The citizens of the United States have clearly spoken about how they feel about the current state of affairs within our government, and the people are not happy. The whooping that the Republicans gave the Democrats is clearly an obvious answer to the nation’s feelings towards how our government is currently running, and with this answer comes a possibility for change.

Now I know that many college-age students are getting worried about living in a country where our government is dominated by Republicans. Who knows, though, maybe change is not the worst thing in the world:  it might even be beneficial too. Just because Lee Zeldin is now our representative within the House of Representatives does not mean that a tsunami wave is going to come and wipe out the island.

Are the Republicans the best party? Absolutely not. And the Democrats? They are not either. Both parties appeal to a certain base of people, each with their own ingrained cores and values that define who they are as people.

But maybe, just maybe, we can all set aside our differences and actually have bipartisan unity to work together as one nation to help solve our political and economic struggles that we face. Maybe this can happen in the next session of Congress. Maybe it will not.

But before we all jump to conclusions based on preconceived political party lines, let us wait and see what happens in the upcoming years.

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