Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The party of no vs. the party of fear

The congressional election in November is shaping up to be simply a battle between the party of "no" and the party of fear. Sure, the Republicans are saying "no" to most of the Democratic agenda, but when the Republicans came out with a more positive Pledge to America, the Democrats responded with negativity. The NY Times tells us how a spokesperson for Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded:

"Congressional Republicans are pledging to ship jobs overseas; blow a $700 billion hole in the deficit to give tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires; turn Social Security from a guaranteed benefit into a guaranteed gamble; once again, subject American families to the recklessness of Wall Street; and take away patients' rights," the spokesman, Nadeam Elshami said in a statement. "Republicans want to return to the same failed economic policies that hurt millions of American and threatened our economy."

I do wish the Democrats would try to take the high road and tell average Americans (as opposed to the elite and the "Professional Left") what they intend to do for them rather than engage in such crass partisan fear-mongering. I am sure Nancy's statement played well with card-carrying Democrats and the rest of her choir, but what about the rest of America?

-- Jack Krupansky


At 2:16 AM , Blogger ITscout said...

Democrats attack Republicans because the GOP has mastered the use of filibuster rules to just say 'no.' That's a lot easier than getting legislation passed.

Obama failed to enact promised legislation because the Dems lack a 60-vote super majority in the senate. What's most mind boggling is that they have failed to change the rules to bring back a "true" filibuster where senators have to actually stay up all night and read from telephone books.

Is it "fear" that unites Democrats? I don't think so. I believe the most powerful emotion that unites Democrats is their absolute hatred of Republican policies.

It's also hard to imagine how Republicans can be so wrong on so many issues: income tax rates for couples earning over $250K; approving a mosque near Ground Zero; abortion rights; don't ask, don't tell; global warming; universal health care; privatizing social security; Iraq war; gun control; same sex marriage; stimulus funding; Wall Street reform; environmental protection; offshore drilling...

The above list reflects just the tip of the iceberg. I could go on and on with issues where Republicans align on the "wrong" side of issues. Who says they're wrong? My values do. I can't think of an issue where I agree with Republicans. Yet, I consider myself an Independent. Why? Because Democrats are as co-opted as Republicans. Both parties care most about collecting the money they need to get re-elected.

Just as America's economy and infrastructure require massive change, so too does our political system. Perhaps in this age of the Internet we need less "representative" government and more "democratic" decision-making.

Government of the people, by the people and for the people has been replaced by government controlled by money, by those who have money, for those who make money.

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