I have sat patiently as all of the "locals" have given their analysis on the election results, and now I would like to share mine.
Regardless of any side issues, the past two presidential elections have been about our financial/economic way of life -- whether we continue with the same failed policies of the Reagan/Bush administrations, or if we continue the policies of the Clinton administration. This was quite evident in the positions of the candidates (a very stark difference this year with the "no-tax pledge" and "the Ryan plan").
Both times, by popular vote, the majority said it wanted our tax code, our social programs, our finances to favor middle-class/working people, not corporations nor Wall Street. The majority said it wanted a better way to balance the budget rather than on the backs of the elderly and the infirm.
The majority showed it is fed up with this "horse and sparrow economics" and has decided that our best future is with a strong middle class.
The majority said it wants affordable health care for everyone, a living wage, a safe work environment and a little dignity for what we do.
And while we're at it, it wasn't the middle class that left the American dream, it was the corporations and rich investors who went searching to increase profit (better to pay Third World starvation wage and get rid of those regulations creating dangerous conditions). Remember what happened before unions.
The majority said America isn't for sale. The Koch Brothers, Adelson, Soros and Rove all spent more money than any of us will ever see! Even Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Rob McKenna spent money from out-of-state interests, and The Seattle Times tried to step in and sway our elections!
The majority said we respect your religion but we don't want it in our bedroom, nor do we want it as the basis of all that we do.
And some said that Obama gave us everything to buy the election. Do they mean hope?
Hope that all people can go to work, pay their rent/mortgage, feed their family, raise their kids, send them to school/college? Hope that we might have the American Dream once again?
Hope that no matter who you are, or what color your skin is, or how you spell your last name, you can work hard, become a citizen of this great country and prosper?