The 2010 mid-term elections will be interesting for the tone of conservative positions. As a moderate, I share fellow Obama voter General Colin Powell’s concerns with the price and speed of White House and congressional initiatives and can’t believe that China has been holding American debt for years. But, my concerns are positive in the same way I was respectfully trying to figure out George W. Bush’s logic.
Bush’s father was a real man who told the truth about our interests in the Persian Gulf rather than sugarcoating it with fake compassion about the Kuwaiti people. It was about our dependence on oil. Black and Brown people in Texas appreciated W’s spirit of cooperation as governor but something happened between Austin and Pennsylvania Avenue. What happened is the lobbyists gave him hundreds of millions to help win the election but after he was in office, those money boys wanted hands-off regulatory reform which lead to the financial and housing crisis of last year
Of course, there are those who think Vice-President Cheney helped his corporate friends with defense spending in Iraq by saying the wrong stuff in the Bush’s ear. Here is a fiscally sound military plan for the next conflict with real foes: blow them up from a mile in the sky with Georgia-made F-22.
About the coming elections, I don’t understand people going after elected officials rather than educating the voters. We had congressional elections last November and most Georgia congressmen won by overwhelming margins. That means the majority of those who chose to vote in those districts wanted those guys. I am enjoying the year round advocacy and debate of the Tea Parties and even the president still being in campaign mode but why would people claim a congressman wrong for voting the will of the people who put him in office rather than the will of the one-third who voted for the other candidate.
It is un–politically scientific to gauge broad public sentiment from phone calls to a congressional office or protesters outside. Now, the callers and protesters might make a lot of common sense with their arguments but the recent election results are better indicators for that district. The protesters (in my opinion) are bringing attention to the issues and that information could help voters make better informed decisions in future elections.
For example, if I were a liberal living in Rep. Westmoreland’s congressional district, I would continue being vocal on the issues but understand that most voters in the district share the congressman’s view. Westmoreland voting with me rather than this distict’s majority would be wrong. The same can be same about a far-right conservative in Sanford Bishop or John Barrow’s districts. If you are on T.V. saying “He does not represent me,” think about that for a second. The logical solution would involve doing what you are doing; educating the voters. Let’s hope this education involves facts and reasoning rather than talk radio, far-right hogwash design to produce fear and ignite a culture war.
I look forward to fairly considering the GOP presidential field in 2012 before voting for Obama, or Clinton if he decides to bounce. But, I feel like a modern J.C. Calhoun for announcing the possible coming culture civil war with Palin, Beck and Limbaugh leading the way—don’t get be started about that Larry Elders
Let me just put this thought out there: are we heading for American Apartheid. South African apartheid occurred when the minority controlled power and wealth; however overruling the will of the majority. Pat Buchanan said aloud what many Americans are thinking: Whites will one day be a minority in America and Jose is the most popular male name in Texas. As a southerner, I know that Whites were often minorities in areas before the Civil War and I remember reading about coastal Carolina areas where Blacks outnumbered Whites 9 to 1. But, make no mistakes about it: who had the money and the guns ran things. This apartheid thinking came to my mind while listening to a NPR discussion about the growing number of Arabs in Israel. After the horrors of the past, Israel doesn’t play regarding safety and their future so numbers mean nothing. NPR is crazy to suggest a apartheid type state in Israel’s future.
With that in mind, how does it sound for a vocal minority to demand certain actions from elected representatives? But, that vocal minority can become the electoral majority if they stay at it and have “right” on their side. I must acknowledge that Blue Dogs Democrats listen to all sides of the debate while the far-left and the far-right often don’t. What protesters fail to realize sometimes is that Blue Dogs are not voting necessarily how they personally feel but are voting in a way that best reflects the desires of their diverse districts. If the districts change, the representatives’ voting patterns will change or they will get bounced from office.
Let me remind my friends on the Right that Black voters have been understanding and lenient with Blue Dogs since the early 90s because we knew that congressmen should make votes with all their constituents in mind. Black Blue Dogs battle other CBC members over farm, veteran and military issues and over the years many of those CBC members from urban areas developed a better appreciation for positions that were traditionally considered conservative.
Check this out: Sanford Bishop came to congress with a personal political view that was more liberal than most Georgians and Jim Marshall came with a personal political view that was likely more conservative than the Democrat base in Georgia. But both men had to flex their voting to reflect the will of the people. Since the Democrats took over the White House and congress, will the Republicans produce candidates similar to Blue Dogs? No, they don’t get down like that and I can respect that. The best moderates can hope for from the right will be a fair discussion of the issues but I doubt that will happen because every time our Georgia senators sit down for discussions with their colleagues, the talk radio nuts go nuts. What do these extremists want…American Apartheid. I will say that extremists on both sides are people who are deeply concerned with the direction of the nation and that concern is patriotic–look at me trying to make lemonade.
I appreciate the Blue Dogs who supported Obama and Clinton last year and I understand former Democrats like Rep. Nathan Deal who said this is not the party for him. I wish Rep. Marshall would have stood up on some level for candidate Obama last year because he knows Obama is not what the far-right was trying to portray him to be. I will always appreciate Senator McCain fighting that presidential battle on the issues rather than resorting to the smear tactics some love. Some of the people who thought the Obamas were this or that have found that while the president’s policies are not their cup of tea, the Obama are good people; which should make you question those who knew that but said otherwise.
One last thing: I was watching the History Channel recently and saw a show about the Boston Tea Party. While I am not for royalty or taxation without representation, I never knew that the British were used the tea tax and the stamp tax to get funds because they were tapped out after defending the colonies (or British interest) in the French and Indian War. Government cost money and where were the far-right guys when W was spending big time. If Republicans are admitting that some of the policies of the last eight years were wrong, what does that say about Blue Dogs who supported those policies then and are giving Obama hell now? Hey, they are reflecting the will of the people.
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