The last of the primaries ended this past week. Judging from the winners on the Republican side, it looks like there’s not much of a choice.
Tea Party candidates, from Christine McConnell’s victory in Delaware to Sharon Angle’s win in Nevada, has given the GOP a challenge due to their drastic political views. Others Tea Party winners, such as Republican Carl Paladino, whose political campaign included emailing racist and offensive pornography to voters, can only be described as downright disgusting and shameful.
Unfortunately Republicans have embrace the Tea Party and, in addition, resorted to emotion and fear to get their message across with voters, who are fed up with high unemployment and soaring budget deficits. The GOP have also capitalized with what many see as an arrogant Congress and administration that rammed a revolutionary health care plan down their throats.
This strategy, coupled with a stead-fast “No” on everything the President and his administration tried to implement has resulted into a golden opportunity to re-gain control of Congress.
Many are already calling this election cycle another 1994, where the GOP took back both houses with the help of Newt Gingrich’s effectively crafted “Contract with America”. This year, there are no “Contracts”. In fact, if you do your homework, there are no ideas from any of the Republican candidates to help the middle class. And if there are ideas, you can bet its only geared towards helping the richest 1% of the country evade playing their fare share of taxes.
Already many voters are thinking about staying away this November. If you’re one of those people, listen up! Staying away from the polls only helps those politicians who want to go back to the way things were under President Bush.
As my mom and dad always said to me once I got home, “do your homework!” Learn about the candidates in your area. Don’t depend on “Fixed News” or MSNBC to do the work for you! Don’t depend on “polls” to make your decision. Find out just what do the candidates plan to do for you and to get the country out of this mess?
Democrats also need to be straight forward with the American people. In an interview with the Huffington Post, President Bill Clinton urged President Obama “to take his ‘story’ to American voters and make a more rigorous case for what his administration has accomplished and what they plan to do to spur economic recovery and job growth.”
I think Democrats should go a step further and lay the cards down firmly on the table and say, “this is what will happen if they (the Republicans) are back in power.” …the continuation of the same Bush policies from 2008.
I’ve blogged about this topic previously. With manufacturing jobs leaving the county forever, and a workforce needing to be retrained, the country needs to continue to invest. That includes spending, something Republicans don’t want, nor support. This economic recover isn’t going to take 14 months. In fact, after the Great Depression, it took nearly 15 years for the country to finally recover. The recovery is going to take time, and unfortunately, Americans are not the most patient people.
Right now, the GOP are licking their chops at the chance re-gain control and they’re pulling out all the stops, hoping it all works in November.
“Yup, Ignorance Truly Is Bliss!”