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GOP Motto: Vote Against Democrats Because We Turned the Country to Crap

August 15th, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

From a New York Times article:

Voters’ deep frustration with both sides explains why few election analysts, including people in both parties, predict a wave that would wipe out Democrats like in the 2010 midterms (or like 2006, when George W. Bush was president and Republicans lost their House and Senate majorities).

That’s not a good analogy: Republicans lost in 2006 because they had held almost total control for six years and had made a huge mess of things. Democrats were more or less bystanders there, and were the alternative. None of that applies to Republicans under the current situation: most of the bad stuff that has been happening has been their fault; all they can do is say, “Hey, look how much we were able to screw things up while Obama was in the White House!”

Look, I’m no huge fan of what Obama has been doing, and while Republicans are even more of an obstacle for Democrats in Congress, Congressional Democrats—especially those in the Senate—have not taken the drastic action made necessary by conservative intransigence.

So does that mean I’m going to refrain from voting in the upcoming elections, or that I’m going to vote for anyone opposing Democrats?

Hell, no!!

When one party is merely lame and unwilling to act forcefully, but the other party is going batshit insane, you don’t vote for the batshit insane people! When a president has gone too far trying to accommodate diehard hacks bent on ruining the country to make that president look bad, you do not reward the ones who have driven us into the ground just because they can make you unhappy.

Now is exactly the time for all Democrats or fellow travelers, anyone who feels that the past 6 years of gridlock and sabotage is a horrendously bad thing, to vote Democratic across the board.

Think that voter suppression and Jim Crow 2014 is bad? Then vote out the Republicans in state houses nationwide, who made all of this happen.

Think that gridlock in Congress is bad? Then vote out the Republicans who have made that obstruction and inaction their mainstay policy.

Think that Democrats are the ones who ran up the debt? Then get your head out of your ass and look at the facts and figures, and then vote out the lying blowhards who actually put us in this mess.

Think that Citizens United or Hobby Lobby are travesties of justice? Then don’t let the people who want that kind of crap expanded a hundred times win any more elections, or vote in the next Supreme Court justices.

I could go on and on, but it should be clear to anyone who sees and thinks.

But here’s the key: so many people don’t vote that a surge in Democratic turnout could win elections.

Rewarding Republican politicians for any reason is the most disastrously insane solution anyone could possibly dream up. They are dying anyway; put them out of their misery now before they add to the astonishingly catastrophic devastation they have already wrought upon this nation. The sooner we stop their policy of ruin, the more we can salvage.

  1. Troy
    August 15th, 2014 at 07:43 | #1

    Congressional Democrats—especially those in the Senate—have not taken the drastic action made necessary by conservative intransigence.

    not sure what they can do with the House run by the GOP.

    The uninformed public doesn’t want to see DC fighting in the news at all, so active hardball bargaining with the GOP might just backfire on them.

    The founding fathers, plus Justice Marshall, in their infinite wisdom set up a system with 4 independent power centers that must agree before positive change is effected.

    The Democrats held 3 out of 4 briefly 2009-2010, thanks to only controlling a fragile supermajority in the senate for a few months of 2009, and an unwillingness to be the party that removed the filibuster from the minority’s political toolbox (which would have been doing the GOP’s dirty work for them).

    As for voting, it’s sad — fatal, actually — that people think voting is a form of speech, or expression.

    It’s just a mechanism to determine who’s running the government, and one’s vote should, if one wants to be a responsible voter, be cast with the entire range of effects in mind.

    At least ~600 of the 100,000 Nader voters in FL in 2000 have a lot to answer for, for I think we can find that many who wish they could change their vote (to Gore) by now.

  2. Luis
    August 15th, 2014 at 11:43 | #2

    At least ~600 of the 100,000 Nader voters in FL in 2000 have a lot to answer for, for I think we can find that many who wish they could change their vote (to Gore) by now.
    It makes me physically ill to see Nader on shows still claiming that there was no difference between Bush and Gore. All due respect for what he did in the past, he is in the present an egomaniacal asshat. As if Gore would have started the Iraq War or passed the massive Bush-style tax cuts. Right.

    Even from the narrow perspective of anti-corporate advocacy, Nader’s an idiot, or just driven by pure self-interest, or whatever. Had Gore been in office for two terms instead of Bush, he would have been there to replace Rehnquist and O’Connor, and we never would have had Citizens United, or Shelby County v. Holder, or the Hobby Lobby decision–major cases which from a civil rights and anti-corporate perspective are catastrophic.

    And we have Nader to thank for allowing that to happen.

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