Monday, November 01, 2010
Same Old, Same Old
My doctor, whom I love, has been at the forefront of the "drys". He is not a particularly political person, but he is a devoutly religious person, so this issue was apparently important enough to him for him to get involved, and I respect that. If I didn't know how sincere he is, I might argue with him, but even I won't take on someone who is on THAT particular high ground. Besides, he's my doctor, and I make it a point never to get into any kind of debate with him, lest he prescribe hemlock, or something. At my age, I can't be too careful.
In past elections, I have posted tirelessly, cheerleading for the Democrats, but this year, I'm strangely disinterested in the whole process. I find the "Tea Partiers" amusing, because I know that if and when they are elected, they will be swallowed up by the Republicans, and in two years, they will probably be replaced. After all, we have been replacing Congressmen every two years for decades, and look what we still have. Only, this year, they appear to be dumber and more radical. And, the Democrats appear to be more cowardly.
Looking back over the decades, the arguments have been the same, only the sides have switched. "It's time for a change!" "The system is broken!" "Let's take our country back!" "No more politics as usual!" "The country is going in the wrong direction!" When the Republicans are in charge, the Democrats are in full cry with these age old mantras. And, when the Democrats are in charge, the Republicans echo the same phrases. Hence, the turnover.
The same thing happens, on a much smaller scale, in my county. We have two men who run for County Judge, two men who run for Sheriff, and two men who run for Mayor every single election. Now and then, someone else will jump into the race but it's understood that one of the two men in each race will win. They keep trading off like that year after year. It's Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee all over again. One man is no better and no worse than the other, and nothing much ever changes.
What will happen after this election? Nothing. It appears that the Republicans will pick up a bunch of seats. So, what else is new? And, what will they actually do when they take over the House of Representatives, beside banking all the million$ the lobbyists have poured into their coffers? Nothing.