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American Resolve

Updated on March 22, 2014

By: Wayne Brown

The mid-term elections of 2010 have finally come and gone. As predicted a level of change has come with the results of the vote tally. Many pundits had predicted a surge of success by the conservative right and they were not disappointed as voters turned over majority control of the House to the Republicans. At the same, the Democrats managed to hold on to a slight majority position and continue to exercise at least a level of control over the Senate.

So what does it all mean in the end? Is this a mandate for the Republicans on which to act or is there some level of forgiveness shown to the Democrats in not crushing their ranks in the Senate? I think it is neither. There is no real mandate here just as there is no forgiveness for the transgressions of the past two years. Given that conclusion, there is a message sent and hopefully those who truly want to be part of really putting America back on the road will hear it and act on it.

Yes, the American people are concerned with the economy. That statement has been made time and again by everyone including the President. They are concerned about jobs. They are concerned about the future not only for themselves but for their children and their children’s children. While the economics can be held up as the number one issue in this election, I think the true message is associated with something much easier to understand about America and its citizens.

In a nutshell, the message the voting public is sending to Washington is a simple one. America wants to see fiscal responsibility. America is tiring rapidly of dreamers who talk in doublespeak and hold up utopian programs that in all honesty America really cannot afford at this time. America is looking for a common sense approach to healthcare, taxation, jobs, the military, and the national debt. America is ready to see their elected officials get back to the business of running the government of the country instead of exerting all this effort to find new or more wasteful spending programs that simply rob the taxpayers of more and more resources and too often in the name of political correctness and human compassion.

The average American cannot comprehend the enormity of the budget plan of the United States of America. But they can comprehend the concept that, as a country, we are spending far more money that we take in and that we are doing it at record levels at the present. Americans can understand that the formula does not make sense simply by looking at the way they run their own finances in the home. There is not a household in America that ever spent its way out of a debt hole. There is not a household that ever invigorated its consumer confidence by piling up debt. The vast majority of Americans do not see such a method working to either stimulate an economy or to create jobs. Common sense tells them this is true and the outcome has fairly well supported the conclusion after billions of taxpayer dollars have been flittered away in the past two years.

Americans want our nation to be fiscally responsible. Yes, they understand that we will run some level of deficit due to unexpected and unplanned spending associated with natural disasters or the drawn out process of a war on terrorism. They also understand this is not only a necessity but a reality of life and part of the process we go through to maintain our liberty as a nation. On the other hand, Americans tremble in fear when we hear that our national debt is beginning to approach a one to one ratio with our gross domestic product. For all the fancy terms, it comes down to the realization that our debt is about to match the value of our assets. For all our past debts, America suddenly stands at the brink of financial ruin yet our elected officials continue to come up with ways to spend more and more taxpayer money and ignore the growing debt burden.

The message is clear. Get to work on the spending. Get control of it and put a plan in place to keep it in reasonable check in the future. Get government out of the way and let small business heal the American economy in the way that only it can. The healing power of small business is unmatched in our society if government will only offer a reasonably stable environment. Re-examine your thinking on healthcare, on Cap & Trade, and Immigration Reform. Get control of our southern border and shut down the illegal activities taking place there. Get your act together. We don’t need more social programs, we need security, we need spending reductions, and we need to get in touch with the reality of every day America.

When the first Europeans came to America, they did not come here because there was easy wealth, the promise of an easy life or a guaranteed security. They came here to get the government and the church out of their daily life and out of the decision-making process for their families. They came here for religious freedom, for personal freedom; for the opportunity to start anew and do the best they could for themselves. They came without security; without a net, and without any guarantees. All they asked was that they be given a chance and they would take care of the rest. They would provide for their own welfare, their own security, and their own family. And if any among them stumbled and fell along the way, they also came with a willingness to bend down and help them up so they too could move forward. They did not need the government to do that for them then and we, as a public, do not require it today. It’s Un-American!

Americans has grown tired of political correctness getting in the way of what needs to be done. They are tired of proving over and over and over again that we are one of the most humane and compassionate people on the face of this earth. They are tired of greedy politicians using those characteristics against them to buy voting blocks, to dilute our culture with illegal immigrants who care little for the value of citizenship but lust after the milk and honey of this great land. Americans are tired of it. The message is there. Get government out of the lives of Americans, stop trying reform us in the shape of the rest of the world, and focus on a reasonable level of fiscal responsibility in the daily operation of America. Get the message, Washington! God Bless America!

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    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @onegoodwoman...I agree totally. Ben Franklin said, "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Freedom is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." Democracy and freedom must always be guarded as they are continually under attack. The government should be focused on protecting our borders, sustaining a productive and predictable atmosphere for business to flourish and grow, and provide a system of infrastructure and laws on a national level. Beyond that, it is up to the people to make things happen for themselves. We have forgotten that in America because too many believe they are "entitled". Thanks for the good comments! WB

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      8 years ago from A small southern town

      You stated your prespective very well. Your article is without blame or venom. It is clear and concise.

      I share your sentiments, but we are not home free. We should not fall into a false security. There is no easy fix, and power corrupts.

      No government is our Saviour, nor are they meant to be. As I understand founding documents, the role of government is to protect us from outside attackers.

      Outside attackers............does that ring any bells?

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @Joni Douglas...hopefully a shift in the voting district boundaries will insure some longevity to conservative side. But I think this election has shown that no one is safe when Americans tire of Washington not hearing our pleas for restraint and sanity. WB

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      Joni Douglas 

      8 years ago

      I sure hope that with the gains made in the state houses we some real progress in normalizing the voting districts. This is a real boon to the GOP in a census year vote.

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      That Fed operates on the same mindset as the government...makes one think pressure has been brough to bear from inside???? Thanks Gary! WB

    • garynew profile image


      8 years ago from Dallas, TX and Sampran, Thailand

      And what is the first thing the Fed does after the election? Put 600 billion into the economy. Fiscal responsibility at its finest.

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @Amy Becherer...Thank you. I think this is what the silent majority of Americans are expecting lest our actions signal the end of our silence. There has not been much beef in Washington for two years now...mostly baloney. But, all the doubletalk and promises of things to come are right out of the book of socialism...dreams of a utopia where everyone shares equally in everything. I appreciate the good words! WB

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      Amy Becherer 

      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Beautifully said, Wayne. I wrote a letter to the editor at the STL Post-Dispatch along the same lines. What shocked me was the surprised, defeated demeanor of our President. Has he been listening to the American people at all? The time for verbiage is over; the time for action long overdue. Where's the beef? I'm tired of living on a low-fat diet of hefty words with no beef behind it...empty calories with no nutrition. Great inspiring read that needed to be said.

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @TimBryce...Great point Tim! The state level elections and shifts in governships will allow some shifting of district boundaries for national seats. This will chain down in many cases to local election outcomes leaning more to the Republican side. Ultimately, it changes the game a bit for the hopes of 2012. Thanks. WB

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      8 years ago

      Wayne -

      Do not overlook the gains made in the state houses as well. It will now be the Republicans who will be redefining the House districts, not the Democrats as originally planned.

      All the Best,


    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @drbj...Thank you! I hope some of it gets through. We need to get it together and get to the good times! WB

      @breakfastpop...I'll get it in the mail. Maybe they will read it into the Congressional Record....especially the part about "greedy politicians"! LOL! WB

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      8 years ago

      Wayne, what you wrote here is smart, true and right on target. Send it to Congress. It isn't very long so you have a good chance that they will read it. Voted up and awesome.

    • drbj profile image

      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      This is an excellent call for action, Wayne. Now all the politicians in Washington need to "get real and get their acts together."

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @50 Caliber...Absolutely true Dusty. I figure the Dems will show up with a list of whining demands for fairness and compromise in the House around January...they normally whine to get their way and the damn Republicans go along with it. We cannot let our guard down that's for sure! Thanks. WB

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      50 Caliber 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      Wayne, Karn-Eval, No winners my friend it's welcome back my friends to the show that never ends, come inside move along.

      I heard a sigh of relief and folks will crawl back into their holes now, until next time. Well it is next time and we should keep the cards and letters in flight and watch voting records all the while feet to the fire, as the repubs are a dangerous breed as well.

      We are far from finished, teach your children well, 50


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