Friday, March 26, 2010

One Step Closer to the Edge and We're About to Break

We have gone beyond the breaking point where a middle ground is a minefield. Both sides of American politics have placed themselves in "defense mode," each sighting the behavior of the other as justification for their own acts. When did we replace the adults in Washington with dolts?

I spent 1994-2008 pissed off at the Republicans and gave my support to the Democrats because of the "hope and change" they offered. I should have known better after the 2006 elections when we, as a nation, gave the Democrats Congress because they promised to end the war and, instead, pushed Health Care Reform. I should have known better, but I didn't. I voted not only for Obama for President, but basically went straight down the ticket electing every person with a "D" behind their name in hopes of ending Republican Tyranny. How was I to know it wasn't a Partisan Tyranny at all we were dealing with, but more of a general "I know what is best" type of hubris?

During the RNC Reign of Terror, we had what was, at the time, the largest expansion of government in history without so much as a cry. We invaded two countries on flimsy evidence and there was a roaring silence. Spending was out of control and the only thing the DNC could be bothered to combat during these years was Bush's picks for the Supreme Court.

When opposition to the RNC goals was brought up, the person saying it was accused of having no better ideas; of just hating the President; of being a sore loser; of being an obstructionist just to be one. The RNC suggested changing the rules of the Senate to combat these lone few voices of reason. We, the American people, watched this and remembered in 2006. What we didn't know is that the playbook was going to remain in place.

After the DNC takeover and promise of change, when opposition to the DNC goals was brought up, the person saying it was accused of having no better ideas; of just hating the President; of being a sore loser; of being an obstructionist just to be one. The DNC has even suggested changing the rules of the Senate to combat these voices. The only difference is that the RNC is far better organized than the DNC could ever be and that is due to the make up of Conservatives vs Liberals and the Conservatives will always be better organized.

Look at the two groups, Conservatives and Liberals, and think for a moment what their central theme is. Conservatives seek to conserve; to remain the same; to be cautious. It is therefore very easy for a group of Conservatives to look at something and agree on what must be done.

Liberals, on the other hand, do not have the single goal of Conservatives outside of change, but change to what? Liberals will all see something, most will agree it needs changing, and then come up with as many plans for change as there are Liberals looking at the problem. Today's crop of Liberals are not burdened by this problem; they have adopted a "group-think" mentality. They are not acting like Liberals at all, but have taken the Bush Playbook and are running with it page for page.

Why am I saying all this? Simple really. I am hoping, begging, pleading, praying, and any other form of coercion for a viable third party option that is more central in the way most Americans are. We have repeatedly voiced our concerns and voted our interests, but the parties have goals of their own and we do not factor into those plans.

2 comments:

VE said...

Good to see you getting frosty on politics again. I have to agree with you...

Kanrei said...

I missed this feeling. I guess I should thank them for awakening my cynic, because that appears to be my muse. Two in two days!