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Moving on after disappointing election

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Waukesha Freeman 11/08/2012, Page A08

Moving on after disappointing election

As the late Freddie Mercury sang, “Another party’s over, and I’m left here cold sober. My baby left me for somebody new.”

Apparently we should always trust the polls. Or as someone posted on Twitter on election night, “This election obviously oversampled Democrats.”

Judging from the results in Waukesha County, Tuesday night’s election results were not what most of us wanted. I’ll confess that they were not the results that I even expected.

It’s hard not to feel bitter, or even angry, at our fellow citizens that disagreed with us. It’s frustrating to realize that, according to exit poll results released by the Washington Post, only 60 percent of the voters put the economy as the No. 1 issue. Of those voters, only 52 percent voted for Romney.

The rest are not interested in holding President Barack Obama accountable. Blame former President Bush and attack the rich for the $6 trillion in new debt and the nearly 8 percent unemployed. That will solve everything, and make sure you give women free contraception.

Like I said, it’s easy to be bitter, but let me offer an alternative.

In 1992, I was a young political campaign manager working on my first campaign. Republicans got crushed and I found myself the day after the election wondering what I was going to do with my life.

I was listening to Rush Limbaugh on that day and he offered the following advice: Live your life the best way you know how. Raise your kids with your values, set the example for them, and strive to achieve.

It is advice that I have taken to heart. Regardless of what happens on any given election day, my responsibility is to live my life according to my values, and to raise my kids according to those values. Politicians and public policies come and go, but what matters is what we do.

Obama may believe “voting is the best revenge,” but the best revenge is teaching your children your values and then setting the example. It’s not the easiest course but you will be better off, and so will your community.

We can’t be perfect. We are human beings after all. But trying to live our lives the best way we know how is far better than feeling bitter, depressed and angry.

Although, it may be a day or two before I’m in the mood to start again.

* * * So forget about politics for a while. Have some chili instead. This Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. is the village of Wales Chili Cook-Off at Kettle Moraine High School. Admission is a couple of canned goods or a cash donation for the local food pantry.

They will have bakery and beverages available for purchase, and a plethora of chili varieties to be sampled. There will also be judging by the public and by a select panel of judges.

It’s chili. It’s for charity. You’ll feel good, and there are no politics involved.

* * * We have one more election in the Waukesha area. You may have noticed the sign at your polling place that on Dec. 4 a special election will be held to replace state Sen. Rich Zipperer in the 33rd Senate District. State Rep. Paul Farrow won the Republican primary Tuesday night, largely on the strength of name recognition and endorsements. He is the only declared candidate.

Did I say we have one more election? I meant three more. The election on Dec. 4, and then we get another round of special elections to replace Farrow.

After that, we’ll be in the spring elections. We’re just lucky to be living in Waukesha.

(James Wigderson is a blogger publishing at http://www.wigderson.com and a Waukesha resident.)

 

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