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Larry Helminiak: Fundamental shift under way

In the 2008 election, Democrats won the presidency, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The first African American president, Barrack Obama said, "We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America." House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced, "Elections have consequences. We won. You lost." The ragin' Cajun, James Carville, said "Democrats will rule Washington for 40 years."

What a difference six years make.

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On Tuesday, where high tech voting machines kept switching Republican votes to Democrats, Maryland elected a Republican Governor in a state that has two Democrats for every Republican voter. In the Maryland General Assembly, Republicans gained two seats in the Senate and seven in the House of Delegates.

Across the country, Republicans increased their majority in the House of Representatives by 10 seats and gained seven new Senate seats, giving them the majority and unseating Harry Reid.

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Mia Love became the first female African American woman from Utah to go to Congress. So much for the Republican's alleged war on women. The people of Georgia elected the first African American to the U.S. Senate from a southern state, and he is also a Republican.

The main stream media will soon call for Republicans to compromise by reaching across the aisle. In 2012, Peggy Noonan , in The Wall Street Journal, described Washington negotiating by comparing it to a yardstick. She said that Democrats start at 36. Trying to look reasonable, Republicans are in the habit of starting at 18, lest the main stream media accuse them of being radical. When negotiations are over, they end up at 27. Keep this in mind when Obama talks about negotiating with the new Republican majority.

In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker won in 2010 and took on the unions, allowing teachers to opt out of paying union dues. This caused a recall election, which Walker won by a larger margin than his first election. On Tuesday, he won re-election. Look for him use this to be a top candidate for president in 2016.

This week, Maryland's own Dr. Ben Carson, a registered Independent, switched his affiliation to Republican, opening the door to run for office.

Across the nation, Tuesday's election was a clear repudiation for the fundamental transformation and a sign that America may be ready for a return to the intent of the Constitution.

When Benjamin Franklin was leaving the final negotiations on the Constitution, notes from Maryland's Dr. James McHenry state that a lady asked, "Well doctor, what have we got? A monarchy or a Republic?" Franklin answered, "A Republic ... if you can keep it."

The next two years will determine whether the country is ready to return to the original intent of the document that made us different from every country on earth.

The next two years, and the 2016 presidential election will determine if we can keep the government Franklin was talking about.

Larry Helminiak, of Eldersburg, is a member of the Carroll County Times Op-Ed Writers Group.

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