Thursday, October 25, 2012
I. Just. Wish. It. Was. Over.
Normally I don't think all three branches of our legislature should be in the same hands. It's all part of the checks-and-balances that keep one party from running the other one into the ground. I think the past four years have proven that one party can still run the other one into the ground, even when two branches are in one party's control.
The Majority Leader of the House of Representatives famously announced in 2010 that his goal was to make President Obama a one-term president. In order to do that, he had to make sure nothing got through Congress that would make the President look good or effective. It's infuriating and wrong-headed and bad for America.
In my not-so-humble opinion. Apologies if you disagree.
I'm 61. I've NEVER seen a Congress so determined to thwart a President's agenda. My Congressman, Nick Rahall, has served for 16 terms. He was in my county for an official event earlier this month and he told me he's never seen a Congress so unwilling to work for the good of the country.
That's pretty serious stuff.
The icing on the cake (mmmm, cake) was when Congress refused to pass the Veterans Jobs Bill. It's not hard to see that passing a bill that would help veterans also would help the President's approval rating. Do they not realize that letting that bill die also helped their DISapproval ratings?
The United States has had the same form of government for its entire history. No other country in the world can make that claim. Every other government has undergone a fundamental change at some time in its development. Are we so very special that we think it's not going to happen to us? Are we truly that arrogant?
For those of you who watch television, and especially for those of you who watch television in a swing state, you have my utter sympathy. I can barely get through an episode of Jeopardy without wanting to throw something at the screen. Just sifting through e-mail after e-mail, asking for money, reminding me to vote, bashing candidate after candidate after candidate, is maddening.
Not that some don't need bashing. But I think we get it.
Soon it really will all be over. I was in our Democratic headquarters yesterday when a local judge walked in and said he was more than a little concerned about the Democrats' prospects. I don't know where this came from, but I said, "Well, we've survived bad Republican presidents before, and I suppose we can do it again."
He HUGGED me! Said that was just what he needed to hear! Now I'm not giving up. I'll be making phone calls and urging people to vote early (and often, heh) and recommending they vote a straight ticket, so as not to leave anyone out. I still canNOT wrap my brain around the idea of any woman voting for Romney or Akin or the latest crazy-talker Mourdock.
When women vote, women win. (Are there any male readers here? If so, speak up! How do you feel about what the GOP is doing to the women you love?) We women have a slight majority IF we get to the polls.
So go, already. Vote. And may the best man win.