Voters today want hope and change every bit as much as in 2008. But most have come to recognize that if we have to rely on politicians for the change, there is no hope. At the same time, Americans instinctively understand that if we can unleash the collective wisdom and entrepreneurial spirit of the American people, there are no limits to what we can accomplish.
In this environment, it would be wise for all Republicans to remember that their team didn't win, the other team lost. Heading into 2012, voters will remain ready to vote against the party in power unless they are given a reason not to do so.
Elected politicians also should leave their ideological baggage behind because voters don't want to be governed from the left, the right, or even the center. They want someone in Washington who understands that the American people want to govern themselves.
More freedom, less government. More self-reliance, less handouts. More respect, less elitism. More take-home pay, less federal fiscal insanity.
RINOs and DemonRATS alike ought to take serious warning that their I-know-better-than-the-unwashed-masses hubris will not keep them in office and, in fact, will get them kicked to the curb with extreme prejudice.
Honest Republicans and Democrats (admittedly near-extinct) should continue to hold the line and to their best to rein in the irresponsible behavior of their colleagues in Congress, and remind them of what the American people tend to do when Congress gets too big for its britches.
God willing, the group we elect tomorrow will be dedicated to the Constitution-as-written, to small government, fiscal responsibility and frugality, free markets, and keeping the heck out of citizens' business.
If not, we'll throw them out, too. And if so, we'll still be watching for treachery.
We'll be watching very closely!