It’s amazing how homespun wisdom gets passed down from one generation to another. I remember how my mother would always say whenever she chastised me for behaving in a way that was contrary my upbringing,”God don’t like ugly.” Although you won’t find those exact words in any Bible, I think the inference behind them is very clear — behaving badly is not acceptable. In light of the Republican’s decisive win over Democrats in the recent mid-term elections, I offer this same wisdom to both political parties, but more especially to Republicans:
God don’t like ugly
Now that the political tables have turned, Republicans should resist the temptation to take advantage of the situation by behaving as badly toward the Democrats as Democrats did toward Republicans when they and Barack Obama won in 2008 and 2010. After those victories, Democrats used their power to demonize and obstruct Republican initiatives for the next six years.
Likewise, President Obama has used Republicans as his whipping boy for everything that’s wrong in government during his tenure. If government was gridlocked, Democrats would say it was the Republican’s fault. If the Democrats governed badly, they projected their failure onto Republicans. To be fair, the Republicans were not without faults and failure to govern.
However, now that the balance of power has shifted, Republicans have an opportunity to show how much better they can be at governing than what the Democrats have portrayed them to be.
Rather than plunder and take prisoners, the GOP has an opportunity to set the American ship of state on a far different course — one of reconciliation and cooperation.
This is the way forward for Republicans and for the country. A majority of the minority of American voters have spoken — cut the crap and fix the country.
So then, how should Republicans look at their victory? For starters, as a gift from God in answer to the prayers of many who want a return to the core American values that have served this nation well in the past.
Wining should make you humble not prideful, grateful not greedy, magnanimous not vindictive.
A majority of the minority of American voters have spoken. They want the bickering and the name calling in Washington, DC to stop and for the country to move forward. They want both parties to bury the hatchet and find bi-partisan ways of working together on the serious issues that confront America at home and abroad.
It all boils down to this. Either the Republican Party will seize this historic moment to work toward remaking itself into a more inclusive, responsive and representative party, or this will have been a hollow victory to say the least come 2016.
I have received the report of that rage and that pride of yours, and now I will put a hook through your nose and a bit in your mouth, and take you back by the same road you came. — 2 Kings 19:28 GNT