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I’m Struggling (Warning: Political Post)
December 22, 2012Posted by on
I want to make sure I understand this correctly.
Barack Obama was re-elected. Yes, it wasn’t a landslide, but a majority of the American people voted for him. The electoral college vote was not close. He campaigned on the promise, among others, of ending the Bush tax cuts for individuals making over $250,000. The Democrats gained seats in the United States Senate, increasing their majority there, and, while not gaining a majority in the House, more votes were cast for Democrats than for Republicans in House races. In other words, across the board, the Democrats prevailed.
And, yet … well … and, yet … the extremists of the Republican Party, who still control the House through gerrymandered districts, believe it is in the nation’s interest to drive us over the fiscal cliff in the name of saving tax cuts for those making between $250,000 and $1,000,000. Well, actually, it’s even worse than that. They’re even unwilling to vote for tax increases for people making more than $1,000,000.
In the face of a fragile recovery, of record government deficits, and automatic cuts and tax increases that could end that fragile recovery, the Tea Party wing, the right wing whackos that control the House, are unwilling to consider anything … ANYTHING … that invades their ideological fortress. They are unwilling to consider anything that is a compromise, unwilling to do what is right for the country, and unwilling to pull their heads out of their asses. There, I said it. Smight me down. But, seriously, the Tea Partiers, the right wingers, are engaged in a serious act of self-buggery. Unfortunately, in committing self-buggery, they’re f’ing with the rest of us as well. They lost the election. The American people spoke. Move on.
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Not from your neck of the woods, but as an outsider looking in, I don’t get it. It does seem like the rich are pushing the country to eat itself. Feels like end of empire, honestly. Decadence and self-preservation, losing sight of the greatness you guys have always aspired to.
“end of empire” … I predicted when we invaded Iraq that it was the beginning of the end of the American empire. That, in combination with the fiscal mess we’re in, the rigid and bitter divide we’re experiencing, and one side’s refusal to break from their ideological rigidity gives me every reason, ten years later, to remain of the same belief. It will take a few years, maybe even a few decades, but, without a dramatic change, an altering of our course, America won’t be so much at some point in the future.