Last Tuesday's elections gave conservative, tea party and independent voters a historic victory.
President Barack Obama and his progressive allies in Congress lost their shirts. What's next?
Some of last week's triumphant voters will be content to consider their work done and allow the tea party coalition to fade into obscurity. Serious voters will ask how to sustain their collective vigilance, commitment and intensity for the next election cycle.
Yes, Republicans captured the House of Representatives, and yes, they nearly captured the Senate, but the problems besetting the nation developed over nearly a century of drift toward progressive-socialist destruction of founding principles.
Economically, politically and culturally, the nation is in decline as never before. While monied special interests in Washington get to "vote" every day, the electorate only gets to vote once every two years. Last Tuesday's voters will know whether they made a difference by watching closely how newly minted and surviving members of the House and Senate address the enormous issues of the day. Will these legislators compromise with the progressives of both parties that created this mess or will they demand precipitous reductions in spending, taxes and the size of government?
If today's disillusioned voters, independents and the tea party remain committed to restoring the nation's founding principles, they will realize last Tuesday's election was just the first of many steps over multiple election cycles toward that objective.
Was the election a reawakening or a flash in the pan? We shall soon see.
Paul S. Egan Sun City Hilton Head