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Last night was not a victory for Republicans; it was a victory for gridlock, it was a victory for fear-mongering, it was a victory for narrow-mindedness, it was a victory for those who want to turn back the hands of time.
The Republicans drove this nation to the edge of an abyss and then threw the keys to Obama. After the President has pulled us back from the brink, turned us around and is now prepared to move us forward – they want the keys back. Regrettably there are many with short memories that are willing to return to corporate greed and poor oversight. When will they learn?
Republican Senator Mitch McConnell summarized the goal of his party by saying, “The single most important thing is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” He didn’t say the single most important things is healthcare, or housing, or jobs, or the environment, or education, not even poverty. When confronted on how to solve the ills of our nation the Republicans, like parrots, squawk out the same words over and over: less taxes and less government.
The main issue I have with Republicans is that they preach about democracy but have no understanding of the meaning of the word. It is all about taking back “their country.” They chastise those elected officials who dare to work to find common ground. They speak in terms of absolutes. The truth is Democracy is about compromise and spreading power.
No, last night had little to do with Republicans charting a new direction, but a great deal to do with America loosing its direction.