Before yesterday, this was the status quo:
A Democrat President.
A Democrat controled Senate.
A Republican controled House.
After the election, the result was thus:
A Democrat President.
A Senate more strongly controled by Democrats.
A House more strongly controled by Republicans.
Not only did Americans bless the status quo, they strengthened it.
In such a weak economy...
with such partisan rancor...
with legislative gridlock...
with formidable challenges looming on the horizon...
how could such a thing take place? How could the status quo not only be kept but strengthened? How is it that we "baptized" gridlock?
Here's my take. There's an old scientific axiom that states a body at rest tends to stay at rest until acted upon by an outside force. Since the advent of quantum mechanics, we know that no object is ever at "rest." It's constantly vibrating. Photons are constantly shooting between the levels of atoms keeping electrons elevated and what have you. There's really no such thing as resting at the quantum level. However, things do seem to be at rest. They do tend to want to stay at a certain level or state. Therefore, the axiom has been rewritten in a way to say, "any system tends to stay at its lowest energy state."
Think about that for a moment, not only in the quantum level, but in any level of any system. Is it any wonder some businesses stay at one size no matter what they do? Is it any wonder churches and congregations tend to stay at one size? Is it any wonder our bodies reach certain plateaus when exercising? When systems reach a certain energy state, they tend to want to stay there. It's the way systems work.
My take on our current situation in our nation is that we have reached such a state. There is gridlock. Not a lot gets accomplished one way or another. And the system wants to stay that way. Moving one way or another will require it to expend tremendous amounts of energy, and as the axiom states--systems don't exactly desire to do that.
I know I'll hear all types of spin on this election. Folks will blame the media. Folks will say that one portion of the society doesn't want to work and wants to be given stuff. Folks will say the wealthy are being selfish and don't want to release their wealth. Folks will say the Republicans messed up. Folks will say the Democrats did just enough to win.
I personally think the blame game is worthless. It doesn't take into account the system and it's desire to stay right where it's at--at a level where it doesn't have to expend much energy. How else do you explain such a strengthening of a system which for all practical purposes is just staying in place?