Looking Ahead: Four More Years

**From the pages of Junction’s notebook: Read about the experiences, perspectives, and ideas of Junction team members.

Regardless of which way we voted, or how we feel about the results of Tuesday’s Presidential Election, each individual American citizen has hopes and fears for what the future of our nation looks like throughout the course of Barack Obama’s second term in office and beyond.

The political climate of the country has reached fever pitch, and the following thoughts from Junction team members reflect optimism and urgency towards Americans coming together to ensure a better tomorrow:

“My hope is that the next administration will have the leadership ability to reach across the aisle and govern to the middle. Our country deserves a responsible government that can move us forward as the world looks towards the U.S. for leadership.”

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“My hope for the next 4 years is that everyone puts in the effort to come together for the purpose of helping the nation get better. We must find ways to do the right thing, not just on the federal level, but on the on the local and state levels as well.”

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“I hope that all the politicking of this election cycle subsides quickly, and we forego the partisanship that has characterized the last four years in favor of doing what is right. If our newly elected and re-elected officials take the state of our union as seriously as the voters who put them there, I think the outlook is positive.”

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“With the evenly divided electorate, it is essential that our newly elected leadership work together to reach common ground and move forward with positive and measurable objectives and goals for one America. If we are to turn the corner on this failing economy and make gains towards growing a prosperous future for all Americans, compromise and consensus must be the primary objective. Our ability to survive the many challenges we face as a free and just society will greatly depend upon our leaders’ desire and ability to seek and secure common ground and mutually beneficial solutions. Building policies that produce winners at the expense of losers will result in losses for all. We must insist that our elected officials work to build one united America.”

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“As Americans, we are granted many freedoms, including the right to elect our leaders. Regardless of political affiliation, it is my sincerest hope that this election sparks a change in all Americans – a positive change – to work together. With any election, one candidate will concede and one will reign victorious, but I am reminded of the proverb “it takes a whole village to raise a child.” It will take all Americans to raise this country up again, not just one individual.

Calvin Coolige once said ‘All growth depends on activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.’ Let’s put aside the politics and get to work.”

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