worried. However, I did not really foresee how bad things would actually get.
There was Mitch McConnell’s vow to block Obama so he could not tick away at the
points on his agenda. But the Democrats won in 2008, so I really didn’t have
any clue as to the twisted dedication with which the Republicans would pursue
the goal McConnell had announced. I’m not sure that we have ever seen any party
actually carry out such an anti-American threat since the Civil War when
Southern states seceded from the Union.
rebel, but I believe he would not have stood a chance; his party would have
eaten him alive. Still it would have been great to see him take a stand to
uphold the U.S. Constitution. Once I saw the twin pincher action of the Hastert
Rule in the House and the filibuster in the Senate I knew that this GOP would
pursue a long-term strategy to obstruct the Democrats. We always speak as if
only Obama was not allowed to act, but President Obama is the current leader of
the Democrats and the obstruction was directed at all policies on the left,
because, supposedly, America stood to fail without a smaller Federal government.
believes that offering a hand to the less fortunate is an important
underpinning of our pride in our nation, only giving up our sense of “there but
for the grace of God go I”, would bring our corporations back to our shores and
keep America’s budget balanced. Isn’t there also a saying though “what profits a
man if he lose his soul”? Still many Americans have decided that they no longer
wish to invest their tax dollars in lifting up the less fortunate and that “no
good deed goes unpunished.” They like the sound of lower taxes even if the rich
get richer as long as the deadbeats are cut adrift. So the American soul hasn’t
gone begging yet (well maybe just a few food stamp recipients and the
unemployed) but I expect this “soulless” campaign to move forward with all due
speed as soon as Republicans wrest back control of Washington.
of America, the nation will lose its sort of WASPY vibe and we will all soon be
speaking Spanish and then the very people who sold out once and gave up control
in America will finally win the American Revolution (without a fight) and
American culture will no longer favor our Anglo-Saxon roots. Since the
Democrats back diversity, or at least accept it as inevitable and probably
productive of such very positive outcomes as accrue to mankind whenever
inbreeding gets an injection of diverse biological (or cultural) influences,
many people who really have nothing in common with Republicans, are with the
GOP because they fear the direction taken by the Democratic Party. In spite of
the forces against the Democrats, the forces that want to pull back to simpler
times, I have fought on the side of those who favor progress, moving forward,
into an unknown future because I don’t think backsliding, protectionism,
isolationism, fundamentalism, or all of the above will take us anywhere but
where we already were, and that, if we do get back there, we will not be
allowed to remain in that past for very long.
of my chosen party, the Democrats, who are often quite Conservative themselves.
It has been a roller coaster thrill ride of a battle and the Republicans have
been truly nasty adversaries, willing to skirt the laws of the land in the name
of saving it from the invasion of “barbarians” and in pursuit of their dream of
returning to the Golden Age of the Industrial Revolution. The election is 3
weeks away and it looks like I will lose my battle and then we shall see what
we shall see. We most certainly live in interesting times; frustrating, but not