What the Republicans can always rely on; Democrats acting like Democrats!
For over forty years, I was a Republican. In fact, I was a Goldwater Conservative and argued in my high school Current Affairs class that I should be allowed to read the then conservative Los Angeles Times, rather than the required liberal New York Times! That was in 1957! So here I am now, in front of my keyboard, trying to defend Democrats and save their seats in Congress! The strangest of all is that my politics haven’t changed that much! Just as strange is that Democrats continue to act like Democrats while the Republicans take the vote and laugh all the way to Washington!
I’m not going to bore you with my own conversion, except to say that there has been a reversal in American politics. In the 1950s and 1960s, the Democrats wanted to run your life and the Republicans wanted hands off government. Over the past ten years, it’s the other way around! Surrounding themselves in the Constitution, they want to pass laws to prohibit abortion, deny civil unions and marriage to gays and lesbians, and bring God into the political equation with Creationism and other government controlled ideas, also prohibited by our Constitution. But that’s another story for another time. About 2 ½ years ago, I wrote an article about how the Democrats continually find some way of loosing elections and how true is what President Clinton complained that “Democrats fall in love, Republicans fall in line!” What’s also true is the Democrats do not know how to fight. That has been the no so “secret weapon” used by the Republicans for better than a half a century and has served them well. Since the Roosevelt Administration, the Republican Party has been a minority party, especially in Congress but they have controlled the White House for 28 of the last 50 years. The Republicans, however, have only controlled the House of Representatives for 12 out of the last 50 years and in the Senate, 16 our of the last 50 years. As far as the Presidency, the Democrats usually have ended up with an unelectable candidate, at least since 1972. The Congress, however, has been another story, as the Republicans really have only had a long term majority since Newt Gingrich and “The Contract With America,” which was more like the “The Contract With Wall Street!”
This coming mid-term election appears to be a potential landslide for the Republican Party. Their decision to so “NO” to any attempt to get the Economy going and derail the Obama Administration has been successful. One would think that the average unemployed American would see that the GOP has been against extending their unemployment, stopping stimulus money, which has tried to save jobs and find new ones, creating an atmosphere of fear regarding healthcare, which will extend it to 37 million people and place some controls on the insurance companies who are raping the American public and limiting any Federal regulations on the banks and Wall Street, who got us into this mess! With that record, they should get hammered this November! They are masters of spin and using a negative situation for positive results. What astounds me is that the Democrats continue to have no clue as to how the game is played! Instead of standing on the accomplishments of the past two years, they are hiding from them and allowing the Republican spin to influence the American voter, who has lost nearly everything he or she had planned for the future. Democrats continue to be wimps. They do not know how to successfully take the fight to the Republicans. The reason that Congress has failed to do anything falls back on Republican opposition and the K Street lobbyists, who pad the pockets of both parties. Now with the Supreme Court ruling on “Citizens United vs. The Federal Election Commission,” unnamed corporate money is pouring into Republican coffers like Niagara Falls, and no one knows where the money is coming from. The Republican Party has hit a gold mine, as long as they want to play share the wealth with Wall Street!
It’s probably too late for the Democrats go grow some balls! With only a few weeks left, people have made up their minds, although they have been hoodwinked once more by the Republican Party. Chances are that they will take the House of Representatives and close the gap on the Senate. The House is waiting for action on 420 Bills passed by them and sent to the Senate. Most of those bills have provisions to help you, the American voter, but they have been stopped by the Republican minority who continue to threaten to filibuster anything sent by the House. The Republicans have set a record of threats of a filibuster during this session of Congress. In the meantime, we’ve got an angry mob out there who is totally disgusted with what’s going on in Washington….and well that they should be! The problem is that their anger is directed at the wrong party, or perhaps only directed at one party. Democrats have failed to win favor with the electorate, even if they have acted incompetent at times. I don’t give them any awards, considering that they have wasted their political capital won in the 2008 Election. President Obama has done little to help the situation by wasting his time trying to find bi-partisanship with the Republicans and not focusing on the unemployment problem. His failure falls on Democrats who are running for Congress in 2010. The Tea Party has propped up a number of Republican candidates and has also created some totally incompetent candidates as well. Republicans may enjoy the favor of the Tea Party, but they had better watch out as it is the Hydra, which in the end, may devour them. The Democrats don’t have to worry about that, as they just devour themselves!
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