It’s Over, So What’s Next?

It’s over.

Some wins, some losses in the never-ending battle that is politics. Battles are won but the war goes on, as my republican grandfather used to say who taught me many things.

Today is where gloating is as tiresome as the whining is. Stop it, the sun came up today. We need to start working together. Congress needs to quit being contrary and serve Americans.

And yelling at each other, be it in the same party or different sides of the aisles isn’t helping anyone. We are a nation that stands together, not a bunch of villages shouting, or at least we shouldn’t be.

Here is what I know and bear with me for beating on the drum I continually bang my sticks on. There were some unnecessary losses in rural areas of this state. Remember, and I’ve said it before and I will say it again, urban areas need rural areas as much as rural Tennessee needs the big five. That’s how we get back into the state house and the senate.

I realize that no one listens to me, but if we don’t start building that bench with people who have¬†institutionalized¬†knowledge about the different areas in all three grand divisions with an emphasis on Shelby County as well as northeast Tennessee. Create alliances now, not six months before the mid-terms in 2014. We have a constitutional amendments coming up in the next election. It’s important to listen to the concerned voices of Tennesseans that know their community because that information is invaluable.

Guys, Mark Clayton took 30 percent of the vote as a democrat. He is about as much of a democrat as I’m a marine welder.

There are people in this state that want to be more involved than just sharing Facebook memes. Have a tangible plan and a realistic ask for folks to help in the areas of their expertise and that they are comfortable with. And there should be a candidate on every ballot and that needs to be looked at now, not in a frenzy when it become crunch time. Some of the candidates that didn’t win did gain quite a bit by learning HOW to campaign and will be invaluable in the next race. Remember news is scarce in certain parts of the state and they had a huge mountain to climb getting the word out. Facebook and Twitter are great, but that is just a small part of messaging. They can run again or they can mentor, it’s a win-win. This needs to be looked at now so people are ready and a support system will be in place be it distributing information, learning how to run a financially sustainable campaign and bringing allies in who will be there for the long haul.

Politics shouldn’t be a clique, it should be a movement.

Today is November 7th. It’s not the end of the world. It’s just the beginning for new possibilities.



6 comments for “It’s Over, So What’s Next?

  1. Jen D.
    November 7, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    “Congress needs to quit being contrary and serve Americans.”

    I’m not exactly sure how we can make this happen, though; I am fairly new to politics and definitely new to the actual workings of our government.

    My newest boogeyman is the riders both sides seem to regularly tack on to important legislation. I just became aware of these things and am tired of them already. We need a damn budget; get on that and leave the controversial issues to be discussed on their own!

  2. November 7, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    “Today is where gloating is as tiresome as the whining is. Stop it, the sun came up today.”

    Well said.

  3. November 7, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    What? I have to stop doing the Cabbage Patch Dance?

  4. Mary Acito
    November 8, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Speaking of E TN, Upper East TN is TOTALLY ignored. In 2000, though the Dems held the legislature in the state, when it was time to redistrict, Repubs up here whined until the Dems let them redistrict up here. The result was that Sullivan Co looks like swiss cheese with parts of one district in the middle of another, and district 1 running a narrow sliver from Bristol to west Kingsport. The Dem areas were split, and that’s how we lost Nathan Vaughn. This is important, because Ramsey, Mumpower (now a lobbyist),Lundberg, Shipley, are from this region. You might say this was a self-inflicted wound.
    So, when there’s talk about the “3” divisions, there are actually 4. We just get ignored.

  5. November 8, 2012 at 10:55 am

    When I do speaking engagements, I tell everyone that I think that there are five divisions in the state of Tennessee. West, Middle, East, Shelby and Northeast. We are so both definitely on the same page here.

    How is Tennessee state political news/policy being distributed up there?

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