Where there is no vision, the people perish
(First Lady Hillary Clinton repeating this quote from Isaiah that was used in President Clinton’s acceptance speech at the 1992 Democratic National Convention during her husband’s staff meeting to discuss an economic budget—Woodward: The Agenda Inside the Clinton White House)
The Coeur d’Alene Press editorial was headlined:Time to smile, America; however the Spokesman-Review republished column from Carl Leubsdorf was titled: Parties must show some flexibility. When reading the Press editorial, they merely repeated the supposed intransigence of the Obama administration toward the then more of a minority GOP; as told by the GOP themselves. But of course, if the Press had actually done its work, the blame for the intransigence discussed would have been more rightly placed with the party that has now won close to 60 seats in the House of representatives, but still remains a minority in the Senate. An intransigence very much on display in the GOP attack ads. An intransigence disclosed on the news itself post the 2 November 2010 mid-term elections. A party that behaves in an obstructionist manner isn’t likely to desire to engage in bi-partisan compromise, even when Obama tried many times to reach out to them.
The Press’ biggest mistake was not to have researched the past two years of history and simply presented spin instead of fact. Yes, “For the past two years divergent philosophies have clashed in a political civil war, their energies expended on pounding one another under the almost unprecedented additional duress of a crippling recession.” Echoed of course by Republican partisans pounding the president in particular and the Democrats in general in any letter to the editor, especially in the Coeur d’Alene Press. Crippling recessions didn’t matter, attacking the party in power because they didn’t have an R after their name(s) was all that was important. “Now, with our leadership forced to better cooperate and a powerful nation more able to focus on solving problems we all have in common, optimism suddenly abounds.” As though the vitriolic hatred of the “TEA Party” never existed, hysterical ads from “Grassroots GPS” never existed, and there is a need to totally ignore the likes of Rand Paul who totally opposes moving the country forward if it means that it is initiated by government first. A newspaper that operates in this kind of vacuum doesn’t exactly serve its readership.
Perhaps the people want the GOP to work with the Democrats (now made a minority in the House of Representatives but still a majority in the Senate), but that is not likely to happen. Carl Leubsdorf accepts that reality and in his republished column urges the Republicans to work with the Democrats in Congress as well as President Obama. And encourages Obama to revamp his White House staff to better address voter dissatisfaction. The argument of changing deck chairs on the Titanic by making changes to Obama’s staff isn’t going to do much to curb future GOP intransigence which post-election, the Republicans insist will be their modus operandi in government.
Never mind that voters need jobs, home foreclosures are at record levels, financial institutions were given carte blanch to cause a lot of grief (and still do) prior to and since Obama became president, and corporations still do not believe in investing in this nation; the GOP made it clear that the only reason they want back in Congress is to take revenge against the party in power. What should that tell anyone? None the less, Leubsdorf presented a more realistic view of what the next Congress is presented with and the requirement that the GOP who now represent a divided Congress (not divided government, sorry Coeur d’Alene Press) are facing a president who won’t budge on Health Care Reform as to its being repealed (although he is open to its being modified). And the GOP if they wish to reduce the deficit will have to accept tax increases.
If the Republican party wants to make good on its claim that it is returning the government to the people, they could have shown their capacity to actually do that when they were trounced in 2008 by working with the majority Democrats in Congress and Obama about getting work done. They had no interest in doing so. Therefore, the truth actually is, the “return of the government to the people” would have been nothing more than a wholesale rout of the Democrats in Congress and an eventual defeat of Obama in the 2012 presidential elections. In the meantime, that political civil war that was supposed to have so disgusted the people is likely to continue. If the people truly mattered, now that the Republicans have regained some of their offices they lost in 2008, they would put aside the political civil war and actually work toward the welfare of this nation.
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” disclosed the various media outlets from Fox News Channel to CNN where the various talk show “news” hosts uniformly attacked President Obama as not necessarily getting the voters’ message. As with the Coeur d’Alene Press, I don’t think they were paying much attention to the facts. A people such as the “TEA Party” voted out of pure hatred toward the Democrats in general and Obama in particular. Independents deciding that this country wasn’t moving out of its economic doldrums fast enough voted GOP. But the GOP never unveiled new ideas and their political ads never demonstrated that they would in fact have the better options for the people. Which meant that the people who voted the last time for the Republican return to power in the House of Representatives in particular, are certain to be disappointed by the next two years.
This ending note, the “TEA Party” wanted an end to “big government.” A Press letter to the editor disclosed what a GOP “over-arching government” looked like: The Republicans who give major corporations anything they want and go on to restrict personal freedoms. Well then, the “TEA Party” only made a mistake in who they voted for (CBS Evening News, 8 out of 10 voted Republican). On the other hand, the Democratic defined “over-arching government” is to force corporations to be held legally accountable when ever they do something that materially harms fellow businesses in the marketplace, their customers or employees. Then goes on to further the freedoms of individuals. Well then, why do the “TEA Party” call the Democrats “socialist?”
As Robert Herold was to note in his latest “Inlander” editorial, the “TEA Party” is all about ignorance especially if they try to discount a “separation of church and state” because the “words aren’t in the U.S. Constitution.” But the intent is. Ignorance chic. I’ll agree, which the GOP willfully manipulated to regain partial control of Congress and some governorships. Because of such manipulated ignorance, I am not optimistic about this nation for the next two years. I am only optimistic that the current crop of GOP will be shown up for the frauds they are and ultimately booted out.