Let the Talking TeeVee Heads tell it, there was an anti Washington (Obama), anti incumbent (Obama), anti spending (Obama), anti big government (Obama), grassroots (Tea Baggers) mood that was going to snatch our government back from the clutches of Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and them there evil liberals.
The various prophets of doom will need to revisit some of their theories.
The election results are proof most Americans want to work with President Obama's agenda, not against President Obama's agenda. You hear that Artur Davis/Steve Raby and Taze Sheppard? Running against CHANGE and HOPE won't help you WIN elections, it will make you LOSE elections. Most Americans want President Obama to be sucessful regardless of his race. That's why he WON in November.
The Tea Party vs. The Tea Baggers in Kentucky.
Yep, that's just about all that's required of Republican success in this, the 21st century: unadulterated anger, served with a side of exotic, mid-20th-century Austrian economics, which, if followed, would hurl us back into the malign economics of the 19th century.
Which further, for reasons not entirely clear to rational minds, seems to be the political desideratum of Mr. Paul's Tea Party and all its Kentucky tea partyers. "We have come," said Paul at the oddly chosen Bowling Green Country Club last night, "to take our government back" -- a most appropriate slogan.
Appropriate, certainly, for the reactionary recesses of the Tea Party's collective brain, composed as it is of frenzied, heat-packing opponents of Barack Obama, who actually concedes the Second Amendment's rather right-wing interpretation; of tax protesters, who happen to be paying the lowest American taxes in 60 years, thanks again to their chief villain in the White House; of downright weird "devotees of the gold standard," as the Post's Eugene Robinson observed recently; of "Sarah Palin," Robinson continued, of "insurance company lobbyists, 'constitutionalists' who have not read the Constitution, Medicare recipients who oppose government-run health care, crazy 'birthers' who claim President Obama was born in another country, a contingent of outright racists ... and a bunch of fat-cat professional politicians pretending to be 'outsiders.' "
What if the Alabama Democratic Party recruited and supported progressive candidates instead of conservative candidates?
What if Alabama Democratic candidates didn't pander to the right (who are wrong about everything) at the expense of the traditional democratic base?
Conservatives prefer to think of themselves as the party of “principles”, not “ideas”. In the radical sense, the party is more concerned about its blind faith in God and blind loyalty to country and patriotism. The very nature of the word "conservatism" is to preserve old traditions and resist change. They have a belief that every thing must conform to their moral code. Conservatives are intolerant of anything or any one that doesn’t fit into their belief system, which separates the righteous from the unworthy. Clinging to the old ways gives them comfort in an uncertain world. Conservatives are only open to change if it doesn’t cost them anything or impact their life in any way.What if Alabama Democratic candidates listened to the people instead of the polling pollsters?
Liberals, by the definition of the word, are open to pragmatic change. They embrace new ideas to remedy problems. They are more tolerant of social and religious differences in American society. Liberals have an existential view of the world and want the greatest good for the greatest number of people, by using the most effective policies possible. Liberals believe in progress and that solutions can be found by human endeavor and engagement. True liberals believe in stewardship of the planet, civil rights, and the equality of all people, no matter what their social status, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or skin color. Liberals are willing to pay a little more for positive change.
What if the Alabama school teacher using the assassination of a President as a teaching tool were named Barack Obama Mohamed and the President was named George W. Bush? Do you think he would have gotten off a slap on the wrist, or whisked off to Gitmo for some water boarding or worse?
What if President Obama had appointed an African American female from UCLA with no Judicial experience to the United States Supreme Court?
What if Liberal/Progressives voices were heard and not suppressed?
Have a wonderful Wednesday!