Now that the elections are over, the games really begin. So, to help you more clearly see the post-election reality, let's look deeper at the collection of words and sugar-coated rhetoric to analyze what politicians really mean when they say things, like:
"…we really want to reach across the table to work on issues"; that means we really want to reach across the table and strangle these wing nut, unreasonable obstructionists who won't let us get what we want.
"…we really couldn't have done this without the hard work of all of our volunteers"; that translates to "we spent a boatload of media money to make sure we drowned out everyone in pushing our point of view and really didn't mind those dubious, negative ads bought by special interest groups; thanks, everyone."
"…the people have spoken and now it's time for us to get to work". Yes, get to work trying to ensure that we get re-elected in 2,4, or 6 years, since less than half of the eligible voters actually bothered to vote, and we plan to be here forever, since term limits just don't seem to be much of an issue to a numb or apathetic public.
To be fair, these snippets of political bloviating are not a complete representation of what elected officials really mean when they speak in the days right after the campaign ends, and there are people in office who are sincerely trying to make a positive difference for their constituents and our kids. But when politicos talk about being humbled, about representing the people, about getting things done and working hard to resolve differences, recent history has shown that other overriding self-serving, self-survival factors are at place, and all too often those unspoken realities take precedence at the expense of getting constructive, pro-active work done. Think about it.