Justifiably Angry But Will Voters Do The Right Thing?
results of some of the first state primary elections confirm what most of us already knew. Voters in America are mad as hell
and they are in a mood to “throw the bums out.” Consequently incumbents in both parties may face an uphill battle
this fall to win re-election to expiring Congressional and Senate seats.
the people’s anger at the shenanigans that have occurred in Washington is justified, and we share the belief that there
is a need for a good housecleaning, we also see a danger in blindly casting votes for anybody other than the people already
strange choice by Kentucky Republicans to nominate extreme right-wing candidate Rand Paul over Kentucky’s Secretary
of State Trey Grayson appears to be an example of what may happen if voters don’t start using their heads. When grilled
by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on May 19, Paul criticized parts of the Civil Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities
Act. When pressed, Paul said he disagrees with the part of the Civil Rights Act that makes it illegal for private businesses
to discriminate on the basis of race.
the son of popular Texas Congressman Ron Paul, was strongly supported by the Tea Baggers in his district. The Tea Bag movement,
which appears to have no party ties but consists of people expressing anger and distrust in government about just about everything,
is an example of the strange way of thinking bubbling up in the nation.
is a growing frustration over the inability of the elected legislators in Washington to do anything about massive deficit
spending, the bailouts of big banking and business interests while millions of Americans are losing their jobs and their homes,
the growing threat of terrorism, the war in Afghanistan, the immigrant problem at the Mexican border, the inability to do
anything to stop the Gulf oil spill and a list of issues that seems to grow with each passing week.
by his rhetoric and his fresh ideas, Americans elected Democrat Barack Obama to succeed the failed Republican presidency of
George W. Bush in 2008. They also gave Mr. Obama a Democratic majority of members in both the House and Senate. Everybody
had high hopes for change when Mr. Obama was sworn into office in January, 2009.
strange things happened. While Mr. Obama jumped right into his job, he did not count on a bank-created budget crisis and the
Bush Administration’s decision to drain the treasury just weeks before Bush left office. He may not have expected tricks
by the remaining Republican Senators who successfully blocked many of his appointments to key administrative positions, or
their use of the threat of the filibuster to stall action on legislation for such major issues as Health Care and Wall Street
Reform. He was confronted by military generals who attempted to test his leadership abilities. And Obama has been coping with
an army of lobbyists, their pockets brimming with money, which has literally stormed the halls of the Capital. He did not
expect the overwhelming number of elected legislators that have been caught misbehaving and leaving office in disgrace. Washington
took on the appearance of a den of corruption and incompetence.
did not happen overnight. And all of this misbehavior and corrupt slipping of money and gifts from lobbyists to elected legislators
has been going on for a very long time. It all appears to be getting exposed in a bright new floodlight since Obama and his
staff came into office.
where we sit, this cannot be blamed on Mr. Obama, but rather on a system that has been operating under a shadow of corruption
that has been going on for a very long time. It never became as blatant has it has been since the Republicans lost their majority
in both houses.
we agree with American voters that it is time to throw the bums out and clean house. But we need to do our homework and be
ultra careful in making sure we know the difference between the “bums” and those elected incumbents who have been
dealing honestly. We believe there may be quite a few of them in the mix.
a recent Supreme Court decision now allows large corporations to dump money into campaigns, and with the Republicans reportedly
hiring the notorious trickster Karl Rove to create a new organized infrastructure and campaign plan for recovering legislative
power this fall, we can expect a barrage of well-financed mud-slinging in television campaign advertising and a lot of dirty
tricks designed to leave voters confused as to who to trust.
with 100 Senators and 435 Congressmen in total, choosing the good guys out of the pack may seem at first glance like an impossible
task. The task, however, may not be as difficult as it may first appear.
are three simple rules that will help us all make the right choices:
voter lives in a district that elects one Senator and another district that picks one member of Congress. Each party will
have no more than one candidate’s name on the ballot for each of these jobs. That means we must carefully study the
credentials, former voting record (if one exists), and personal messages offered by all of the candidates. For help, go to
the candidate web sites. You also may get help going to neutral political web sites that also are looking at the candidates.
A site that usually offers good and objective overviews is Wikipedia.
off your television sets especially during the week prior to the election. If you must watch something, make popcorn and spend
your evenings watching rented movies. And if you have to submit to the television to watch a favorite show, totally disregard
all political advertising. It will usually involve severe mud-slinging and will be packed with false allegations. Among the
more popular dirty tricks has been to use ads to spread malicious rumors about an opponent on about a night or two before
the election. The accused candidate has almost no chance to respond and counter the charge.
that President Obama has another two years in office. If he is going to have any chance at achieving the goals he set when
first elected, he will need a strong party backing in both the House and Senate. That means more Democrats with backbone are
needed to fill the vacancies of incumbents who lacked with spine or the will to do the right thing this time in office. Of
course, if you liked the status quo, vote Republican.