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11/7/2012 10:00:00 PM
Editorial: Time has come to work together
The Daily Courier


Now that a majority of American voters have chosen President Barack Obama to lead our country for the next four years, we have another choice to make - and it is a vital one: We must stand together, not forget our ideals and that we are the greatest country in the world.

No one can deny that recent times have been among the most divisive in our country's history. The campaigning leading up to Tuesday's election was nasty. What American was not relieved to see that the venom between candidates vying for office had vanished overnight when television sets went on Wednesday morning.

We have watched the partisan bickering from the time Obama took office four years ago. Both major parties are guilty of refusing to settle disagreements and work out compromises on behalf of the people who elected them. And, the talking heads on major television networks have done their best to perpetuate their own viewpoints in the name of broadcasting news, when in fact they were using their venues to promulgate their political opinions and persuade the American people to their respective sides.

In his victory speech to the nation Tuesday night, Obama acknowledged that he and his Republican opponent Mitt Romney "may have battled fiercely, but it's only because we love this country deeply and we care so strongly about its future."

The president applauded the Romney family for their contribution to America through public service and said he looked forward to meeting with him in the near future "to talk about where we can work together to move this country forward."

When Romney conceded the election to Obama Tuesday night, he said, "The nation, as you know, is at a critical point. At a time like this we can't risk partisan bickering and political posturing. Our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people's work, and we citizens also have to rise to the occasion. ... I believe in America. I believe in the people of America. And I ran for office because I am concerned about America. This election is over, but our principles endure. I believe that the principles upon which this nation was founded are the only sure guide to a resurgent economy and to a renewed greatness."

The president also noted "the belief that while each of us will pursue our own individual dreams, we are an American family and we rise or fall together as one nation and as one people."

We, as Americans, must listen to what each man said election night and take their appeals for unity to heart and stand united.

They have made the pledge. It's up to the rest of us now to follow their lead.




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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Article comment by: Chris Bergman

@ Tony, perhaps I'm a little bit older, or maybe it's just my good (mis) fortune to have a somewhat longer perspective, but the hatred toward America began and was in full bloom well before 2000. Some (maybe most) of that is because of our constant futzing around in other country's affairs. Something we were warned against (wisely) by the founders. A good deal of that hatred is born out of simple jealousy. We have so much in this country while others have so little. But the wealth we have in this country isn't just a matter of luck. It comes from a combination of liberty and frenetic activity. Something most other nations lack.


Now we have in place an administration, put there by people who want government to DO more things and PROVIDE more things for them. These things necessarily have to be paid for by who don't benefit from them. Sure, you may bear some of the cost, but you don't bear all the cost. If you were willing to pay for the whole thing yourself, why, you’d be a conservative, wouldn't you? So, while you and others are getting stuff you're not willing to pay the whole price for, the difference is being made up by people who are paying the balance but getting less stuff than they're paying for. The important thing that keeps being overlooked is that the group paying for more than they're getting is shrinking, rapidly. They are already smaller that the group getting more than they're paying for.


So, Tony, if you wish to cast your baleful eye upon those who rather see this nation destroyed than compromise, look to those who demand to get more than they're paying for. Not those paying for more than they're getting. As one of those who has done far more paying than getting, I'm done. I see no obligation to keep afloat a nation, more than half of whose citizens would rather see in ruin than do without their precious freebees. Perhaps we should just call them the “Greek” party, hmmm? bergman_blogs@yahoo.com


Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Article comment by: OBAMA, The Welfare President

All those receiving "freebies" at the expense of the taxpayer, you won, for now. We now see where our country is heading for Obama wants it run like Europe. Pretty soon there won't be any taxpayers left to hand out welfare checks!

Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Article comment by: Tony Williams

From 2000 to 2008 I saw 2 wars costing billions the world turning to hate toward America the gov. Grew by 57% all my friends lost jobs and homes and nobody will even mention the name Bush after 2008 Obama brought America from disaster not everything was perfect but we did not hit bottom. My friends all have jobs again and have bought new homes. Sadly the ones how lost refuse yet to work together. Not what America is about LETS WORK TOGETHER FORGET PARTY LINES BE AMERICANS

Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Article comment by: Left Is Left And Right Is Right

To paraphrase, left is left and right is right and never the twain shall meet.

We have @ Beth King calling the Tea Party kooks. we have others calling the Liberals left wing commie-pinkos. Both may be true, but how can they ever be expected to get along? I can't see it happening. Even in a disaster like Sandy, all they do is fight and make snide remarks. We, as a nation are done.

What can any reasonable person say about the following? Is this what the Liberals think?

“I’m so glad we had that storm last week”

--Chris Matthews


Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Article comment by: @ Beth King

This is ground zero for the Tea Party kooks. Welcome. Come on in and enjoy the show. It's hilarious.

Posted: Friday, November 09, 2012
Article comment by: Beth King

Wow! I don't really know whatever made me think that Prescott was more reasonable and civil than the metro Phoenix area, but holy cow, was I wrong! It seems there are many up here who would rather see the whole country go down in flames than to try and reach any kind of reconciliation. What a sad, sorry state we have reached that we can no longer be proud Americans - we have to be red or blue Americans. It will tear this country apart and it seems that is exactly what some of you want.

Posted: Friday, November 09, 2012
Article comment by: Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country

I agree. Always has been, always will be.

Posted: Friday, November 09, 2012
Article comment by: moderate independant

To :@conservative independant... re: your comment:"Oh, how I wish the Republicans..."
is right on the mark!! Kudos to you!!


Posted: Friday, November 09, 2012
Article comment by: @conservative Independent

Oh, how I wish the Republicans would do just as you suggest and remove themselves as obstacles in their efforts to prevent this president from getting this recovery moving at a faster pace.
To your points
They would indeed raise tax rates on the very wealthy to rates identical to those in effect when the economy as growing.
They would indeed tie tax loopholes to employers providing jobs in THIS country rather than other countries.
There will indeed be a demand for more health care providers(jobs) as more people are able to get health care services. You will see more people entering into that field not fewer as you suggest. And programs are beginning to encourage young people to enter health care fields through scholarships and education paid for those who agree to practice in under served areas. And we will no longer have healthcare rationed by the insurers.
Addressing immigration issues to fix the broken system we now have in place was once promoted by Republicans. Across the board amnesty has never been proposed by either party. This President deported more people in 4 years than the last one did in 8.
There is no political will to take guns from the citizens. We should look to eliminate access to ammo clips that allow one person to wipe out in excess of 20 people though and maybe reinstate an assault weapons ban similar to the one Romney signed into law in Mass. However no legislation is proposed to do so and no be ran on that issue.
It is also a good idea to invest in other sources of energy than just foreign oil. We are actually producing more oil domestically than we did under Bush. The price of gasoline will go up regardless because other countries are using more and more. Like the President calls for abalanced energy policy would encourage responsible oil drilling, as well as solar, wind, natural gas, nuclear etc. . Per gallon gas prices will continue to rise, but you can thank democrats for the fact that cars get better mileage and will get even better in the future. That will lessen demand so prices will rise less fast and also allow you to buy fewer gallons of gas regardless of the price.
As far as your fantasy speculation about Greece( listening to too much Sean, Rush and Beck) ) that is what it is, speculation based on nothing but fear.
So yes, please encourage your leaders to disengage so we can get things done and make America better.


Posted: Friday, November 09, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Von Deck

@(J.K.): This may interest you because it seems you're uncertain about whether Romney would have reached across the isle. Romney decided not to run for a second term as governor because his approval ratings dropped to 35%. This is because he was the most obstructionist governor in the history of Massachusetts. Notice how many Mass. votes he got in this election. He vetoed about 800 bills and all but 10 of the vetoes were overturned unanimously. This very much angered the voters. You can Google "Romney record number of vetoes massachusetts" or something like that and look for sources you trust to verify. It's common knowledge in Mass.

Posted: Friday, November 09, 2012
Article comment by: BLAME YOURSELF OBAMA

No one to blame now but yourself for the failing last 4 years. No campaigning, no Bush, just you. Good luck to all the welfare recipient who pay no taxes. Seems this nation doesn't care about jobs, economy, deficit or terror attacks either, just what they can get for free. Panic sets in when it's being taken and they vote for this loser. Second term presidents never seem to work out, Clinton was impeached and Bush got worse, as will Obama.

Posted: Friday, November 09, 2012
Article comment by: Adam L. Rowling

The replies written here anecdotally prove that no one wants to work together and capitulation is what the party in power truly wants. I expect my representatives to do everything in their power to halt every bill created by Obama or his party. If our representatives were supposed to get along and help each other they would be one party.

I have come to the point where I will no longer help any person on welfare and generally tell anyone that needs help to go ask Obama. Refuse the salvation army, red cross, even the church. If the government wants to be our God and our provider I say, let it try.

I work. I do not make a lot of money. I see welfare families with iphones, ipads, 50 inch TVs, cable and air conditioning. I cannot afford all of these things and do not want anyone to work 111 days of this year just so I can. (111 days is the amount tax paying Americans will work this year to pay Uncle Sam). If Americans could work 111 days less a year and make the same money there would be job openings (well at least 111 days worth). It is time for working self reliant people to say no when their neighbor needs their car fixed, a ride to the social security office, a beer or cigarette. It is time that working people become as selfish as the spoiled complainers. I see a world of handouts coming and from my prospective I would rather see starving people in the streets than feed the dog that bites me.

Has anyone noticed that the average tax return (around 3000.00) and the fine for not having insurance under Obamacare are about the same? Someone in government found a way to keep all of our tax returns.

Officially, the Greatest Generation has lost all power and their selfish rotten kids have inherited more than they deserved.


Posted: Friday, November 09, 2012
Article comment by: Conservative Independent

I don’t remember where I heard this idea, but it is the perfect strategy for the GOP. I suggest that the House and Senate Republicans give the Democrats every thing that they want. This removes their ability to use the GOP as a straw man and forces them to take responsibility for their own agenda.

The Democrats will inevitably increase taxes on the rich (who employ people), expand big government, and continue to spend and borrow until the nation debt becomes unsustainable. Obamacare will force most of the doctors and specialists out of business, guaranteeing the rationing of health care. In addition, the increased cost of healthcare on businesses will put more people out of work. They will give all of the illegal immigrants in the country amnesty, taking still more jobs from American citizens.

The Democrats will pass all of their anti-gun agenda, so that the average person will be completely at the mercy of the armed criminals. They will listen to the environmentalists and put a tax on carbon emissions and stop drilling for oil. As a result, Americans will pay eight to ten dollars a gallon for fuel.

I predict that after four years of an unopposed democratic agenda, the US will be in about the same shape as Greece is in right now. Unemployment will probably be around twenty percent or higher, the dollar will be essentially worthless against foreign currencies, and no one will be willing to lend to the US. Criminals will be running ramped in our cities. The lucky people with jobs will not be able to afford to drive to work. After all of this, I figure that the American people will be willing to remove the Democrats from power and replace them with a party with more common sense.


Posted: Friday, November 09, 2012
Article comment by: oh James the freeloader

@ James M.... and you claimed to be against free loading all along. Funny how the truth comes out and you let your guard down to show your true colors. Nice show of character!

I voted for Obama and I have not and am NOT going to do what you are doing! I'm going to keep busting my can, even though you and your liar friends think I don't. The true freeloaders show James, and you are the biggest one it appears! Your game is up, you have outed yourself and your pitiful attitude. You have always been a faker and now we all know, you never had any intent of anything else James-the-freeloader. It was your plan to lie cheat and steal all along - you know it and so do we.. Weak is as weak does. And you wonder why nobody trust you guys? Have you ever told the truth about anything?


Posted: Friday, November 09, 2012
Article comment by: Two more years

These comments are a microcosm of what's wrong and what will be wrong for at least two years. Both sides claim "we're right, you're wrong and we're not going to work with you." So with a divided Legislature, nothing gets done. Hopefully, the American people will wise up and elect Democrats to turn the House in 2014 so that a unified majority can get something done. If Republicans don't like that vision, then start reaching out now. It is so silly to have fences between the parties. Seems like both sides SAY they want what's best for America. If so, start meeting together, working together and get something done.

Posted: Friday, November 09, 2012
Article comment by: @ No mandate

How many of the last Republican presidents were elected with the majority of the popular vote?

This talk of mandate is silly anyway - while the semantics can be parsed from here till Tuesday, it is obvious the GOP was caught off guard not only with the reelection of Obama, but the rejection of many crackpot far right candidates in Congress. The gist is that the crackpot Tea Party movement hurt the GOP - and they have come to realize that. We don't want extremist politics, left or right. And please don't pull out the Fox News malarkey that Obama is an extremist. Believe me, he is a grave disappointment to the real liberals of the Democratic Party.

Anyway, the Republican wakeup is good for America - the GOP needs to be more relevant for ALL of America not just the America they think it is/want it to be. As someone who does not vote strictly party lines, I welcome a more in touch and clued in GOP. If think they are smart enough to get to work on 1) Fiscal Cliff and 2) Immigration Reform right away. They will gain a lot of capital going into 2014 and who knows what that means for 2016.


Posted: Friday, November 09, 2012
Article comment by: Don't let the door hit you in the .....

to "Ghost of the Real Prescott Patriot says goodbye!"

Goodbye! But I imagine we'll be seeing you being locked away one of these days. Either, the Big House or the Funny Farm.


Posted: Friday, November 09, 2012
Article comment by: shano o

Send this editorial to the GOP in the House. They all have blocked every little thing, including judicial appointments, out of pure spite for Obama. When your goal is to bring down the POTUS, of course you can do no good for the nation. No good at all. Shape up the House GOP to work in a rational way with President Obama, or they will be the next to be voted out of office. And I will place money on that prediction! If the House continues with this recalcitrance they will be handing it over to the Democrats in 2014, no doubt about that.

Posted: Friday, November 09, 2012
Article comment by: Don't draw the wrong conclusions

Maybe some of the chronic extremist here could put down their nonsense because I doubt they are so dumb to believe it anymore. Seem a real waste to spend so much time on spew and the adrenaline rush that comes with hate (bad for your health), when they could be spending more worthwhile time on reality.

You might want to look more closely at the media sources who would incite you to anger, and more closely at who funds that spew and what they have to gain. Last I checked, to bear false witness, included those who nodded in agreement.


Posted: Friday, November 09, 2012
Article comment by: J.K.

@no mandate. You 'll find nowhere in any of my responses where I suggested anyone has a mandate. I don't believe in them. No elected democrat has claimed a mandate.
I find it ironic though, that Romney claims of his superior skill at working across party lines. Given that he had a democratic legislature that didn't disdain compromise. You know, it takes both sides to compromise. When the republicans say " no tax hikes" and then proceed to name everything including closing loopholes as tax hikes, it does not bode well for those hoping to break partisan gridlock. The republicans legislators are the ones who think compromise is a dirty word.
Thanks for your reasoned response.


Posted: Friday, November 09, 2012
Article comment by: No Mandate

@ (J.K.): There was no mandate. That's all I said and all I meant, in 5 sentences, not 5 paragraphs.

Who knows who the Republicans will choose to run next time? I agree with many of your points, but the road to unity will begin only when those in power reach out in a meaningful, not token way. Until then, expect more gridlock. And that's a fact, Jack.


Posted: Thursday, November 08, 2012
Article comment by: Wake Up Call

Maybe the Republican party can put down the pitchforks and come out of the barn and do something good for this country. This election wasnt just about handouts, it was also about ending the war on the middle class and poor. Its a testament to our nation, Gov. Romney never seemed to understand that the people he discounted would come out and vote, and vote they did. President Obama does not stand alone in the blame game of what is and what is not working. Watching this election season made it clear that the republican party only cared about the rich white Americans it was a sad testament to a once strong party. Wake up Republicans are you will have no seat at the table. America is not what you thought it was.

Posted: Thursday, November 08, 2012
Article comment by: No Mandate

Nope, I'm not in denial - the President won reelection fair & square in both the electoral college and the popular vote (which by the way, doesn't "count" but the Dem's and Al Gore sure had a problem with that concept in 2000).

Still no mandate, and you guys that think Obama can do no wrong really need to get over yourselves. The only way to get this country back on track will be for the President to ease off his rabid partisanship and actually act... bipartisan. This would be true even had Romney won.


Posted: Thursday, November 08, 2012
Article comment by: J.K.

@no mandate. Plenty of mistakes made by all. However, to suggest that this president did not try to reach across party lines is ludicrous. The health insurance overhaul was lifted directly from the conservative heritage foundation, endorsed by newt and indeed signed into law by your nominee. The very fact that single payer wasn't offered and the public option was negotiated out is evidence of compromise on the president's part. The republicans liked the plan until they renamed it Obamacare.
You forget that every single republican nominee pledged allegiance to lobbyist nordquist and every American witnessed their refusal to accept the notion of 1dollar in tax increases for every 10 dollars in budget cuts. You forget that republicans demonized the word compromise as a sign of weakness thereby signaling their unwillingness to work with democrats and the president to solve the debt problem or any other problem.
I don't claim the republicans are irrelevant, just that they are becoming such. And much of it has to do with the extremists they offer as candidates. The tea party express endorsed 16 candidates in this election. 4 won. That is the definition of trending towards irrevelancy. You claim they only lost by 3 million votes and got less than 1/3 of the available electoral votes. By anyone's measure, the fact that they didn't win by a landslide over an incumbent presiding over an angry electorate burdened by 8% unemployment speaks volumes about the voters disdain for republican policies.
And to add insult to injury, republicans now suggest they lost because their candidate wasn't conservative enough.
Well next time, maybe you can run Todd Aiken or Maybe Allan West. It will make them appear to be relevant in 2012 compared to how they will look in 2016. You want to be relevant? Try offering a candidate such as former republican Charlie Christ or Dick Lugar or any number of republicans who have been run out of your party for compromising for the common good.


Posted: Thursday, November 08, 2012
Article comment by: @ No Mandate

You're still in denial. There was a mandate alright, and you don't understand it.

First, the President was re-elected. The first time was not a fluke he really was elected the first time. This time we collectively chose him again.

The Democrats gained seats in both houses. More imprtantly, the Tea partyers took it in the shorts. Frankly, if not for Gerrymandering in 2010, the Democrats would've done better in the House. Facts are that if you add up all the votes in all the House races, you'll find SUBSTATIALLY more Democratic votes than Republican votes. The Democrats would not have picked up two of their Senate seats if not for the hard right wing TeaPotters nominating a couple of nuts instead of moderates in the primaries.

You should've seen the writing on the wall when the news covered the early voting fiascos. Here's a hint: when a party tries to make it difficult to vote, those people who had life made more difficult for them generally don't vote for that party. The Republicans FAILED at suppressing the vote. If nothing else, they DELIVERED the Democratic voters. But keep believing what you will. Bury your head in the sand. And if the Republicans follow your lead, there will never be a Republican President again.



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