Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Politics -- failing America

Wrong. If you always thought you could not hold opposing thoughts at the same time, you would be wrong.

Witness politics today.

How can Republicans be in near total disarray and the Democrats, too?

Quick, name the GOP presidential front-runner. Quick, tell me what major legislation Obama initiated and passed his first year? Both are trick questions with no positive answers.

Over time, the Republican problem will sort itself out at the polling booth. Ultimately, the voters and corporate big money will reveal the GOP leader’s identity.

But I’m not so sure about the Democrats. Seldom have we seen such a fast flutter from grace. A year ago, we were talking about the demise of the Republican Party, shrinking it to serve only the Dixie sub-nation.

What happened?

The Republicans didn’t pass any major legislation. And neither did the Democrats. Remember, the stimulus package was born out of desperation in the final months of George W. Bush’s failed Wall Street policies. Without question, the GOP has done a better PR job over the last 12 months. But then, there’s that pesky Tea Party problem that threatens to split the GOP.

Our political class is failing America.

I’m still a strong supporter of President Obama. But I’m beginning to wish he were more of a Chicago political street thug like his opponents said he was during the campaign.

By all signs available, the mid-term elections will be a Republican blow-out. So why don’t the Democrats cowboy up, accept what’s coming, and (on the way out) pass some bills that will be good for America. Here’s two: health care reform and a real jobs program.

Almost makes me wish the Tea Baggers weren’t such kooks. Don't bother telling me the Tea Party is not a political party. It is -- just poorly organized. Besides, I could never follow Dick Armey or Ron Paul into a voting booth. Regardless of the free beer.

1 comment:

Nance said...

Hang onto your cognitive dissonance; something you could admire might turn up from the Obama administration, yet.

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