Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss?

Well, the Democrats have gotten what they wanted, at least in the House. Dems had a great run yesterday and have a chance at also claiming the Senate to go along with claiming the House and many governorships. We seemingly have a change of power in Washington. Why do I feel so cynical about this change in power? Why do I feel that when America seems to sweep out the “corruption” in Washington, we always seem to replace them with same people, different party?

I voted yesterday, as I hope you all did, and even though I think voting is important, I just felt like any choice that I made was a wrong one. Am I the only one who feels that way? I think that it is time for a change, if for no other reason than to see if a different group could do any worse than the current one.

I already have a bad feeling about this new regime that seems to be taking over, especially when Nancy Pelosi is in charge of the House. I’m sure she is a nice person, but she seems to be just like the ones who are leaving office, unwilling to cross party lines to actually do something good for the country.

Pelosi promised that “Democrats intend to lead the most honest, the most open and the most ethical Congress in history." Read that again. Isn’t this said every time there is regime change in Washington? When I hear grand, sweeping statements like this, I know there will be only problems down the line. I also feel like there will be no working together of all parties in Washington and the Dems will be just a partisan as the GOP was when it was in power.

All in all, while this is certainly an exciting time in this country’s history, I am afraid the excitement will pass in a few months or years after we realize that we replaced the crooks with more crooks. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev, said that Americans "have come to the conclusion, as we did some time ago, that a one-party town simply doesn't work." He is right about that, I just hope that he and the Dems do not forget about this when it comes time to work with the GOP to get things done in this country.


BRATCH said...

The problem I see with politics is that neither party is willing to look at the issues and simply vote according to the information that they have at hand.

Instead they have to check with party headquarters and see how they feel about it.

To tell you how silly it has gotten, in our local election the local Democratic Party was quoted in our newspaper that they worked the hardest to get their Democrat into the county clerk's office. This is an office that has literally no political power. It's a job as a clerk. Why are they working their hardest to get particular office?

Why weren't they making sure that they had the majority of spots on the fiscal court so they could actually set some policy?

Another thing I saw in the news was about how college students were using the internet to recruit potential Democrats and Republicans. The head of that college's student Republican party said that they used the internet to find people who "shared their views."

Shouldn't we be using the internet to educate people on what they should concerned about? Why use it to find more people like yourself? You already have them.

How about educating people so that they can make informed decisions and not just decisions that you happen to agree with?

Travis said...

First of all, to all the democrats who "Have a Better Way" I, even as a Republican, can see that we need a change. But after the last decade of whining, bellyaching, and complaining you had doggone better kick some butt. I mean sweeping improvement should become the norm. I have become sick to the core of hearing that the Republicans stink. Prove you can do better. I think with some of the "Conservative" democrats elected, we've got a chance. But with ultra liberal leadership like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, the democrats have to overcome themselves.

Bratch, I agree with you about the absolute absurdity of modern politics. I'm a Republican because I believe in smaller government, the ability of people to take care of themselves, fiscal conservatism, and the majority getting their way while respective the views and needs of the minority. But when I vote for an individual, I'm voting for someone who's more concerned with what their constituancy thinks than what their party thinks. Republicans got very far away from their base.