By: David Peña
On the night of November 6, 2012, the votes were counted as to whether who would win certain elections. 3,377,365 of 121,192,645 total voters (an almost 3% difference) was the difference that gave President re-elect the win over Gov. Romney for the Presidential Seat. When looking at Electoral Votes, Obama won 332 while Romney only won 206; only 270 electoral votes were needed for a win. President Obama’s win was unofficially declared when he won the state in Ohio in electoral votes, which made it nearly impossible for Romney to come out victorious.
For the House of Representatives, the control remained with the Republicans with 233 members of 435, while the Democrats won 195 seats (218 being what’s needed to gain control of the house). As for the Senate race, the Democrats remained in power with 53 seats and the Republicans had the minority with only 45 (50 being what is needed to have a majority). In terms of Governors, there are 19 Democrats and 30 Republicans. For the most part our political predicament remains the same, Democrats rule the Senate, Republicans own the House, and we have a Democratic President. Something also to note is that Americans are becoming more polarized politically and must realize that we must work together to get things we both want.
Several states have petitioned for succession, a process in which a state separates itself from the country and thereby ends up creating its own new country, because of who won the Presidential election. This kind of behavior doesn’t reflect well on what this country is based on, like equality and freedom, and what it’s supposed to be, a country where the citizens accept differences and become conciliatory with them. This can teach us here at Williams that no matter what our opinions are we must work together to get things done instead of complain. When did working together in unison not come out to be a good thing for both sides?