WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says the United States will overcome war, recession and double-digit
Challenges will be met, better days are ahead and the nation's
leaders will unite for the common good despite sometimes sharp
political disagreements, which are the hallmark of a vibrant
democracy, McConnell said in the GOP's weekly radio and Internet
"The new year always brings with it renewed hope and a spirit
of optimism - qualities that have exemplified our nation and its
people from the very start," said McConnell, R-Ky.
He drew a historical parallel, citing the colonial army of 230
years ago winning a great military victory amid the exhaustion of a
war in which the colonists were facing impossible odds against the
"Powerful forces may be aligned against us ... but when the
challenges are greatest, Americans always join ranks," the senator
Democrats and Republicans have been sharply at odds over
numerous issues in the last year, from economic stimulus to energy
legislation to overhauling the health care system.