Revolution arrives |

Revolution arrives

The pundits used all kinds of pithy words and phrases to describe the Republicans’ historic reclaiming of the U.S. House of Representatives in Tuesday’s election.

It wasn’t an election but a restraining order, said one.

Voters sided with the GOP’s arguments instead of the Democrats’ epithets, said another.

Far simpler – but far more elegant – another called the flipping of scores of seats to the party with a decidedly sweet tea flavor from the arrogant overreachers riding lower and lower in their donkey saddles the latter’s “comeuppance.”

We, however, still prefer the coinage of one Sarah Palin: It was a “refudiation.”

Come January, the “people’s house” will be controlled by Republicans. And if he has the votes he says he has, Ohio Congressman John Boehner will become speaker, replacing Nancy Pelosi.

Republicans have shown they can win. Now they must show they can lead.

Last week, Mr. Boehner said now “is not a time for compromise” and that the new GOP majority would “not compromise on our principles.”

An America that spoke loudly and clearly on Tuesday must hold the speaker-in-waiting to his word. For much principle restoration is needed.

But there can be no doubt that a new American Revolution has begun – one truly of, by and for the people.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.