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Sharpening our wits on the grindstone of Life

Sunday, November 12, 2006

The Dawning of a New Day

Well, it only took two years, but the world has finally shifted back on its axis to achieve its proper balance. The sun seems to be shining a little brighter this week. Maybe it’s the absence of the dark cloud that’s been hanging over our country for so long.

With the democratic retaking of the House and Senate, no longer is all power in the hands of one political party. Sure, Republicans still control the executive and judicial branches of the U.S. government, but the legislative branch is safely in the hands of Democrats. The days of one-party rule are over; at least for the time being.

Now let’s see what the Dems can do with it. They had the majority for several decades up until 1994, when Republicans wrestled it away from them with a platform that promised to clean up corruption and instill values into our legislation. Twelve short years later, it’s apparent that they were incapable of keeping their promise; they proved to become just as corrupt, if not more so, than their predecessors, and in a far shorter time. This seems to lend credence to the adage that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Soon-to-be Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi promises to work with Republicans, including the president, to achieve great things. She had better, otherwise those who bailed on the Republican Party will go right back where they came from in 2008. It’s important to remember that those who shifted loyalties did not really vote for Democrats, they voted against Republicans. Although it reinforces my belief that voters are fickle, it also shows that the lemmings are capable of not voting a straight-party ticket. I’ll wager, though, that there were a lot of down-ballot races that didn’t get as many votes, as I also am confident that the majority of voters do not research candidates, but instead rely on name recognition, attack ads, and sound bites for their political education.

In any event, the Democrats have two years to prove themselves. Not an easy task, considering how little has been accomplished in the past six. They’ve been slapped down by the Republican majority, and had to fight back using filibusters and other legislative maneuvers. Now that non-Republicans have the majority, we can only hope that they won’t slap down the Repubs so much that the same tactics get utilized.

I’m not gonna gloat, or flame the losers. Instead, I’m going to ask the newly elected legislators to get it together, and start moving this country forward. We’ve been going backward for too long now. Get together, figure out a way to win this war quickly to get our servicemen and servicewomen home safely. Use diplomacy, rather than stubborn arrogance, to solve the problems we’re having with Iran, Syria and North Korea. Get the economy back in the hands of the middle class, and help the poor become part of that middle class. Oh, and deflate that windbag in the White House a little more so he can’t do more damage in the two years he has left.

Is that too much to ask

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