Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Loses of 2009 & The Work Ahead

The Democrats in America were handed a gift late in 2008, with 60 Senate seats, a majority in the house and the presidency of Barack Obama. Even in the face of the collapse of the economy it was proper time for jubilation, hope in the coming changes to healthcare, banking regulation, the environment and more. We got much less than we hoped for.

Make no mistake - this was a valiant fight, but lost to the strictly partisan efforts of the GOP. Using the tactics defined by Lee Atwater and refined by Carl Rove, the GOP held up every good bit of legislation by whatever procedures they could, and they are the ones to blame. I'll also toss some blame on Obama - his desire to appeal to a broad spectrum of voters via "bipartisan reforms" was a total failure. The GOP has no desire to negotiate other than to obfuscate. Obama should have been smart enough to realize this. Where the heck is that bulldog Rahm Emanuel?

The Los Angeles Times has a front page story today about expected loses in the elections of 2010. Oddly, the paper edition carries a more dire prediction in the subtitle, "Democrats stand to lose seats nationwide in midterm elections" than that on the web site, "Republicans could have a big year, but they need to win 40 House and 11 Senate seats to regain control of Congress. That's a tall order." Obviously, if we hope for any real change we cannot afford to lose a single seat in the Senate or the House, and must add to the number of Democrats in national office.

Remember these items to use in your conversations with voters on the edge:

Healthcare Reform
is the piece of crap it is simply because of the obstructionists in the GOP, and those blue dogs that value their positions rather than the ideals they profess. The only real change that would have made a difference, and it would be huge, is single payer healthcare. Yes, it would mean the closure of many insurance businesses and I say, yes, please, let's put them out of business. They have made enough off the backs of the middle class.

The Economy was in the tank before the election of 2008. While we can't say the fault lies entirely on the GOP side (the repeal of the Glass-Steagal Act was under Clinton's watch) but with the banking crisis coming at the very end of eight years of George W. Bush's presidency it is logical to lay it at his feet. Further, and this is important, the bailouts were initiated by the "Free-Market" guys. Once put in motion there was no turning away from them.

The Wars we are engaged in: Afghanistan, Iraq and "On-terrorism" were all begun by the GOP. The use of corporate soldiers - can you say Blackwater - rose to the highest levels ever, it may be unprecedented. Paid several multiples of the rank-and-file, the privatization of war is but one of the failures of the concept of privatizing government. Let's not forget Haliburton, either. Dick Cheney's corporation made BILLIONS on the deaths of our soldiers.

There is more but this is as much as I've got at the moment. Add as you like, please.

But work it, folks. Talk to people, get them to vote in this expected low turnout year. Remind them of the atrocities committed by the GOP. Remind them that Joe Lieberman is a traitor now on the sides of pharma and the insurance industry and that he went to the GOP (oh, right, he's independant, yeah) simply because he was taking care of his constituency, the corporations of his state.

Remind people that we need a party for the people, not corporations. Point to the loses of 2009 as delivered by the GOP and all their dirty tricks. That is where the problem resides.

Happy New Year, folks. May it be so.

2 Comments:

Blogger Christian Democrat said...

Sorry, one more thought never to be forgotten - the war in Iraq was an unjust war.

The thinking of "A Just War" by Augustine of Hippo, said that war is acceptable under certain conditions. First, war must occur for a good and just purpose rather than for self-gain or as an exercise of power. Second, just war must be waged by a properly instituted authority such as the state. Third, peace must be a central motive even in the midst of violence."

Which of those three requirements did the self-thought Christian neo-cons adhere to?

Not one with the exception of it being fought by a state. Thank God that they are out of power and may it remain so.

1/01/2010 11:13 AM  
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12/30/2014 4:14 AM  

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