In December of last year, President Obama quoted a variation of Voltaire’s “Don’t let prefect be the enemy of good” to Democratic Senators. The late Senator Ted Kennedy was famous for saying it is better to get half a loaf than no loaf at all. We need compromise, understanding and dialog in a large diverse nation but the political extremists on both ends seem to be more interesting in constantly fighting in a toxic manner.
Hell, I think I am correct but acknowledge that others feel differently on public policy. Is Voltaire’s “perfect” a drive to completely destroy or eliminate those who feel differently? I personally avoid any members of a political party who thinks the other major party is 100% wrong. Rural Georgia members of congress worked together on Farm Bills that aren’t prefect but are good for most involved interests.
We have recently seen several Georgia Democrats switch the GOP. Is the GOP more appealing or is the Democrat Party in the South no longer a place where they could be. And what will become of those in the state of flux between the two major parties. I agree with the new group Nolabels.org that these people (many still belonging to the D and R parties) are actually a quiet majority of Americans. We have moderate Democrats who appall the far left and centrists Republicans who are being purged from the South GOP…take your hat and your coat and leave..as we say at southern high school sports events.
Governor Palin and Todd were on the Barbara Walters Special last night and the Governor is getting smoother. But know this: the Tea Party Movement was fun and therapeutic but a more measure approach could have achieved better results in a healthier matter. If Michael Steele executed his original plans, more members of the center could comfortably move into a moderate wing of the southern GOP. Oh, my bad…there isn’t a moderate wing of the GOP.
The next step for the southern GOP shouldn’t be converting moderate Democrats into GOPers but teaching their current members that unlikely alliances with moderate Democrats are needed in some situations and on vital regional interests. Democrats shouldn’t lump Senator Isakson in with all national Republicans nor should Republicans do the same to Representatives Barrow and Bishop.
I have all kinds of friends and associates and the ones deep into the southern GOP like their party just the way it is….thank you very much. They want perfect or 100% of their agenda…no compromise, no 80% and no half loaves. If the Democrat Party in the south is to survive, it must get the center back while battling urban liberals who mean well but fail to grasp budgetary limitations.
The American people must asked themselves who the political leaders are supporting—the people or interests that keep them in power. One good thing about the economic crisis is that average people are following legislative actions weekly and daily. It’s not rocket science for Democrat members of congress to start speaking frankly about the mounting national debt and the need for every American to do their part to reduce the need for spending for public services that could have been avoided with better personal decision-making.
Voltaire had another quote that stated “It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong.” In this last election season “established men” on both sides spent a lot of time, energy and money (money they raised from who knows where) putting each other down. Otherwise good dudes slamming each other because someone told them that was the thing to do. Come on now. In the South, we came out of the womb fighting during our troubled past and some folks like fighting and fussing. For me, I am siding from now on with the cooler cats who seek to debate and create policy in a civic manner.