What should disappointed voters do?

2. Join the Innovation Movement. The Consumer Electronics Association, the group I head, represents more than 2,000 American technology companies, and believes that growth through innovation is our best hope for creating jobs and expanding our economy. The movement supports strategic immigration, free trade, patent and litigation reform, easier funding for entrepreneurs and lower federal deficits. We do not ask government for money for our industry. Membership is free to any American who believes that innovation should be a national strategy.

3. Get active in your party. Stop extremists in either party from dominating. Most Americans are fiercely patriotic, believe in American exceptionalism and want to give their children a better life. If we can carry these principles to both parties with some fiscal sense, we can force both parties to the middle, and reach compromise.

The truth is that our dire fiscal situation will require sacrifices from all Americans. Rather than allowing interest groups to protect their special tax benefits, government payments or perks, we need those people who will advocate for a better future for the next generation to speak loudly.

Good Americans are not quiet or complacent. They think. They act. They do what’s right for America.

Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,000 consumer electronics companies, and a New York Times best-selling author. His latest book, Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses, will be released in January. Connect with him on Twitter: @GaryShapiro.