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The 2006 United States midterm elections were held on Tuesday, November 7th, 2006. All United States House of Representatives seats and one third of the United States Senate seats were contested in this election, as well as 36 state governorships, many state legislatures, four territorial legislatures and many state and local races. The election resulted in a sweeping victory for the Democratic Party which captured the House of Representatives, the Senate, and a majority of governorships and state legislatures from the Republican Party. The People spoke and as a result, we became euphoric in the moment. However, our optimism would be short-lived as politics, greed and fear overruled the will of the People. In honor of this historic event and what we hoped at the time would be the county's restoration to sanity. I wrote the article below the day after the election. Today Americans woke up to a new Country with another opportunity to get it right. If you've been in a cave for the past 24 hours then you might not know that Americans voted and put the Democratic Party back in the drivers’ seat. Now I am not expecting miracles because politicians are politicians and the political arena has a way of nullifying the greatest of intentions. But what I do feel good about is the system of "checks & balances" that our Founding Fathers instituted in the beginning, still works! I am constantly amazed about how wise and courageous those men were. Wise because they knew that the inherent nature of Man is to seek to satisfy their own special interests. That greed, ambition and power can corrupt the best of us. And courageous because they were not personally swayed by those things and designed a system to protect us from ourselves. Unfortunately time and avarice has eroded those principles like a river's water on the rocks in its path. Still in all, we have survived and even thrived despite ourselves but I wonder how much American Democracy can bend in the ill winds of self serving interests. There are two things that bother me terribly that I'll now state for the record on this momentous day. One is the failure of our voting system to accurately reflect the will of the people. I obviously speak to the disgraceful so-called "fool-proof" machines used to record and count our Votes. Not to mention the pack of lies the manufacturers of these machines continue to blab. And two, is the failure of our elected legislators to adopt campaign finance reform as a result of their unwillingness and inability to police themselves. Putting this aside for the moment, which I am willing to do…for the moment. I would like to relish in this win and make believe that it will truly make a difference when all of the dust settles. Congratulations America!