In Indiana, that meant keeping Republicans in charge of the governor’s office and both houses of the General Assembly – and even adding a few more Republicans to the House to prevent Democrats from walking out. It meant kicking out Tony Bennett as superintendent of public instruction – too many radical ideas! – and putting in Democrat Glenda Ritz to achieve stalemate with GOP legislators. It meant punishing Richard Mourdock both for his extremist tea party intentions and for defeating kindly, moderate Richard Lugar.
Nationwide, they complained about the worst economy since the Depression, then re-elected the president whose efforts helped create it and whose policies will certainly prolong it. They spoke out against government deficits and the unsustainable debt, then gave the House a GOP majority again, guaranteeing a continued gridlock that will result in an even bigger government that spends even more – inertia is powerful.
Sometimes we fear movement because we’re OK where we are – not ecstatic but at least content. Sometimes even when things aren’t going well, we fear the devil we don’t know over the one we already have. And sometimes we stay where we are because that’s the easiest thing to do.
But growth only comes from change; we have to risk making things worse to make them better. The start of a new year is a chance to take those risks.
So, happy 2013. Go do something different.