Majority rule

As a result of Tuesday’s midterm elections, the nation finds itself under a Republican-controlled Congress and presidency. This is a little disconcerting.

With Republicans being the majority in both the House and Senate, it is far more likely that the will of President Bush will be forced upon the American citizens without a whole lot of discussion or compromise. Unfortunately, with the economy in shambles and a possible war with Iraq looming, now is when the wishes of the people need to be considered.

The country can only hope that members of the Legislature listen to their constituents and do not resort to partisan politics. Many races were close, and nearly as many people did not vote Republican as those who did.

Also, with third party candidates receiving votes, some winners did not even receive a majority of votes. It is imperative that these people, not just those who support Republican causes, are heard.

It is up to the Democrats to revamp and refocus for the 2004 elections. With such a split between the liberal and moderate Democrats, it is difficult for voters to have faith in the party. If they can do this, the country will have a more balanced Legislature, which would lead to more debate on crucial issues.

Until then, we must be confident that out leaders will represent their constituents, and not Bush. It is too uncertain a time to play partisan politics and place democracy on the back burner.