On the day after, we can all rest.
We can turn our televisions on again, collect our mail and answer our telephone.
Election Day has come and gone.
No more hate-laden, mudslinging campaign ads. No more slick mailers that push truthfulness to the brink. No more robocalls attempting to stir up fear and loathing.
Yet, we wake up to haze on the battlefield. We can barely see a few feet in front of us. We’re still dazed and confused about who will do what on taxes, the war in Iraq, energy policy, and what should be done to get our economy back on track. The clarity we had expected eludes us.
As in past campaigns, editorial pages have pleaded for forthright policy discussions with illuminating details. As in past presidential elections, those pleadings have been ignored, with the leader in the polls obfuscating and the challenger launching one character attack after another.
But the war games are over.
The nation still faces a recession that is going to put too many hard-working people out of work. Our energy future is still in the hands of foreign cartels. Future generations of Americans still face crushing debt. And there is still an American army in Iraq.
Yes, we voters can finally rest from the nonsense. But there will be no more hiding in the haze of campaign rhetoric for the politicians.
This country is in trouble, and there will be hell to pay in the next election if the politicians fail to quit talking and do something about it.