Most people pay little attention to politics, or news in general, and most elections are about voting the bums in power out. Republicans didn’t win the House in this year’s election because they have better ideas – they just want to go back to the policies under President Bush that contributed to the mess we are in right now. Democrats lost because the disenchanted left stayed home and the voters who did turn out thought Democrats didn’t do enough to fix the mess George W. Bush left us because President Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress failed to properly communicate that the lack of progress in Washington these last two years is due to Republicans who think it is a bigger priority to play party politics for the sake of elections rather than focusing on solutions that this country in crisis urgently needs.
The economy is bad, the wars drag on, and people are frustrated. And sure, it’s easy to believe that if the party in power isn’t making the change quick enough, maybe the other party put in power will. But really? The Republican party that started this mess to begin with is going to get us out of it? Why would anyone believe that? Was it the nonsense they spew on Fox News that made people think that? Was it the political ads paid for by corporate money? Does anyone really think, given their history, the Republicans are going to do anything to help the average American?
This nation is struggling through the most difficult economy since the Great Depression. We have been at war in two separate fields of battle for a decade. The gap between the rich and the poor has never been wider. Yet, Republicans have voted largely in lock step against the President and against the best interests of all of us who believe, ‘Yes, we can!’ by living up to their moniker as the ‘Party-of-No!’
Now that Republicans have been elected as the majority in the House this coming January they somehow think that they have a mandate to reverse the positive direction this country has headed and undo the progress that has been made by the President and Democrats these last two years. The Republicans are not even in power yet, but this is what we have to look forward to – intimidation, threats of government halts, the undoing of two years of historic legislation, an economy that shifts more toward benefiting the rich than the working class: all thanks to a political party that declares it’s number one goal is for Barack Obama to be a one-term President rather than work with him to make America a better place for all Americans during this time of war and economic hardship.
It appears that the Republicans have been rewarded this election by lying to the American people and fooling them into thinking that it’s President Obama and the Democrats in Congress that aren’t fixing this country. Now they have the outright gall to demand President Obama lean further to the right than the disappointingly right-of-center he has been this whole time and call for ‘no compromise’ in extending Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthy or undoing Social Security and reform after reform, while President Obama continues to play the nice guy by saying he is willing to work with the people who want to run him out of office, and in some cases, out of the country or up a tree branch.
Voters turned out this election thinking a balance of power in Washington was necessary for success. They believed what the country needed was more bipartisan solutions. What they don’t understand is that the Democrats have been willing to compromise, but for the Republicans it’s their way or the highway. In the end though, the election won’t change much in Washington. Republicans will only have slightly more power in January, so the next two years will likely be more of the same – gridlock stalling progress with even more vocal nonsense about repealing bills and impeachment. The difference now is, with Republicans controlling the House, if they disappointment their base (a.k.a. Tea Party) or if they don’t make good on lowering debt or creating jobs, they’ll be the bums thrown out in 2012.