Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Condition. Discussion »
On Tuesday night, even before the 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney conceded the presidential election to victor President Barack Obama, the talking heads on ABC were already discussing about the 2016 presidential election. Over the course of the next couple days, the national media began to promote their list of top contenders for the 2016 election.
Native Policy Agenda
Unfortunately, the national media creates a circus like atmosphere when it comes to American politics. This past presidential election produced some 20-something debates between the Republican candidates with names we were glad to forget. Over and over candidates were questioned about what they would do as president of the United States.
All of the negative rhetoric was quite tiring. Personally, I am glad I don't have to see the likes of Rick Perry, Michelle Bachman, Rick Santorum, Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney tell us how they want their country back.
With the billions of dollars spent on television advertising by presidential candidates during campaigns, it is understandable why the television media hype presidential politics.
But, to hype the 2016 election before its coverage of Tuesday's election was complete seemed unfair to Americans who should now expect some real work to get done in Washington to correct the immense problems faced in this country.
Most Americans are very happy this presidential election is over. We can only hope the nation media gets this.
With the national electorate seemingly split almost in half in the United States, it does not appear President Obama was granted a mandate to whatever he pleases. However, Americans do hold presidents accountable to govern this nation.
President Obama must now show his leadership skills to work with a Congress that has up to now worked to see him be a one-term president, which did not happen. Congress, in turn, must now show some leadership by compromising with President Obama to get some legislation to solve high rates of unemployment by passing his American Jobs Act which was "dead on arrival" in the fall of 2011.
Within the president's September 2011 proposals were several components aimed at creating jobs for American Indians - on and off reservations - that never came to fruition because of a do-nothing Republican Congress.
Hopefully, this can change now.
"The opportunity for a historic bipartisan Native policy agenda is very real. Along with our federal partners in Congress and the Obama Administration, tribal nations are prepared to move forward immediately on legislation that works to free tribal economies, restore tribal lands, protect the Indian budget, improve homeland security and disaster response, protect our Native women, boost tribal energy projects, improve health care services, and strengthen educational opportunities for Native people,"
stated President Jefferson Keel of the National Congress of American Indians after Tuesday's election.
There is much work that needs to be done. Americans should hold their elected officials accountable to get some real work done. The national media should do the same and not worry about the 2016 presidential election at this time.
Americans deserve its government to get some real work done now.
posted November 10, 2012 7:57 am edt