…but maybe not the only or the best way.
Was it really necessary to “send a message to Washington” by doing the electoral equivalent of tossing a brick through a window?
Come January 2011, as a voter in the 7th Congressional district, I will mourn the loss of Mark Schauer as my Representative. He’s hard working, intelligent, a good listener and acts with integrity to do what’s in the best interest of the district.
The message I want to send to Congressman Schauer is that people with the qualities he has are wanted and needed in government.
Were the message-senders on Election Day thinking about what they would lose by making the choices they did? Did those who didn’t bother to vote understand what the consequences would be? I don’t think so.
The next two years will be the test of whether the kind of brick-tossing message that voters sent brings change that works for all of us, or just gives obstructionists license to continue acting in their own rather than our country's best interest.