Will the craziness end anytime soon?

The midterm elections are over…for the most part. There are still a few races that are too close to call and are in the process of recounts or have to wait for the official canvass.

With the campaigning completed, that also means the end of all of those spam e-mails, flyers in our mailbox, robot phone calls and other annoying forms of communication. The signs soon will be disappearing from our roadways.

There will be some peace in our political world. Right?

Apparently, a little bit of quiet from the politicians following an election is too much to hope for. It would be nice if those we elect to lead our cities, counties, states and nation could take some time to take stock of their actions and resolve to put aside the political bickering and actually govern with the best interests of the people in mind. We all know, though, that that’s about as likely as Atlantis rising up from below the ocean and showing us the marvels of a utopian society.

The polls had barely closed and the finger-pointing and name calling just continued. Results were rolling in, and we were treated to threats from all points within the political spectrum.

It would be nice if those we elect to represent us acted as well as the romanticized memories of our historical figures. I wouldn’t mind seeing some even-tempered individuals walking through the halls of Congress or the White House, willing to work together to make sure the country is operated as smoothly as possible.

It would be nice to have a wise sage with thorough knowledge of the Constitution and what it actually says, not just what our political parties and lobbyists say it says, providing guidance to those in office.

It would be great to have elected officials stop the campaigning once the election is completed and actually do the business of the people.

Instead, we have men and women, Democrats and Republicans, young and old spending most of their time bickering, calling each other idiots, going onto cable news programs yelling about this or that when they should be governing.

The even bigger problem is that we created this monster. By “we” I don’t necessarily mean journalists, although some in the national media certainly haven’t helped. By “we” I mean America as a whole. We have allowed extreme individuals to pull the balances of our government too far back and forth. We have allowed the operations to become out of whack.

Instead of being able to sit down with others and have a civil discourse, learning from each other while still having our differences, we demand others see things our way and call them stupid when they don’t.

Our leadership reflects that turmoil.

So yes, this is very much our fault, and we, as a country, need to find a way to fix it before it truly is too late.

Our nation cannot stand strong if we continue along with an “us versus them” mentality. Are there problems? Absolutely. They cannot be solved if we are constantly going after each other. We are going to have differences. For generations, finding a way to work with those differences and learn from each other was part of our nation’s strength.

The political bickering, finger pointing, name calling and blaming cannot be allowed to determine who were are as a nation.

(Howell, a resident of Colliers, is managing editor of The Weirton Daily Times, and can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com or followed on Twitter @CHowellWDT)

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