Tuesday, October 19, 2010

14 days: Change is coming

I don't have to tell any readers what event of national importance happens in just 14 days.   I have been largely silent on this forum, my humble blog, for quite some time.  But if you have any awareness of current events, and you are an American, you know it is election day in 2 weeks.  A midterm election, but one of greater importance than any midterm in recent years.   I get a front-row seat in my polling-place, as I will again serve in my elected position at precinct.  And unlike Mrs. Obama, I knew long before taking my oath what the laws are regarding campaigning in the polling place!
We were told, 4 years ago, that the Republican majority had to be replaced, to stop the agenda of then President Bush, who had at that time shepherded the nation through a recession that began prior to him taking office, a major attack and fiscal fall-out from September 11, the disaster that was Hurricane Katrina, two wars, and yet (again, at that time) the economy was doing well: unemployment  and interest rates low, stock markets high.

True, gas prices were quite high around this point in 4 years ago.  My daily 220 mile round-trip commute felt it.  And I recall Rep. Nancy Peloci campaigning that if Democrats were put in charge, the gas prices of over $3/gal would be reduced to $2/gal or less.   I still wait for that promise.

I still wait for the House swamp to be drained... meanwhile 2 powerful democrat Congresspeople have had their trials delayed until after the election... convenient, don't you think.

But the change had to come 4 years ago.  House and Senate Republicans thought the way to win the hearts and minds of voters on the opposite side of the aisle was to spend a lot like their minority counterparts; not quite as bad, but bad enough to drive many of the supporters to stay away from the polls 4 years ago.   It didn't help that President Bush never vetoed any of the reckless spending bills the GOP controlled Congress sent to him.

But none of this is news.  Anyone who has paid attention, and certainly anyone who has read this blog (or is inclined to read the archives) knows I warned the GOP of their foolish spending ways.   And the results were predicted.

Readers of this blog also know that I have acknowledged the given likelihood of the party in power losing seats in midterm elections... that's a no-brainer.  But this year is different. 

Democrats over reached.  They got greedy.  Not unlike the so-called moderate Republicans who thought they could buy votes by spending the Treasury with every bill they passed, the Democrats never met an earmark they didn't like.  And the TARP, the bailouts, the TARP 2, the Healthcare Bill ... all of these have lined up to be their foes for the upcoming election.

And the people are pissed.   The grassroots effort of the Tea Party will hold their feet to the fire, not just for a day in 2 weeks, but for the foreseeable future.  So the incoming congress members are on notice: fly right, or be replaced.

Now I realize some will take their chances that the Tea Party will dissolve, and will start buying votes again.  And some may actually withstand re-election.  But the majority will face the growing wrath of the electorate.

I am not so pie-in-the-sky optimist to think the results of the election will bring an immediate halt to Obamacare.  But I am hopeful it will delay any further implementation of this horrendous law.  The new Congress may actually pass a bill to repeal it, but we all know President Obama will veto it - he may be a lot of things, but he isn't foolish enough to surrender that easily.  All the Congress is absolutely required to do, in the next year, is to stop all funding of this monstrosity from going forward.  Then pass amendments to chip away at it.  Just as the 1994 Congress practically forced the hand President Clinton to sign Welfare reform, so must the new Congress do with Obamacare.

I said I wasn't pie-in-the-sky optimistic.  I am expecting great losses for the Democrats in 2 weeks, but I am not yet certain the GOP won't snatch defeat from the jaws of victory; look at Delaware.  Christine O'Donnell is hardly any different in her background and experience than Barrack Obama was 4 years ago, yet supporters and members of the GOP are seemingly hard-pressed to support her.   And there's no way anyone can tell me Chris Coons is a better bet for the GOP than Ms. O'Donnell.

Change is coming.  And even if the GOP doesn't win in as huge numbers as is widely predicted, the fact remains those winners will be held to their promises.   If they do not truly reform government, the same people that put them into office will replace them.  The inspiration crossing the country now isn't limited to one party, it's a revolution of voters who will no longer put up with unaccountable spending and attacks on our liberties.

As the Bard sang

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There's a battle outside ragin'.
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin'.

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