A few months ago, I promised my Friends on Facebook that I would only spend one post this season on politics. I am finding it harder and harder to wade through the political mire that is facebook, and I try to keep politics where it belongs: on Dkos, and other politically minded sites.
But this is what I am looking to post. I intentionally kept it a "short" 505 words... because every time I begin to write... I find myself 2000 words later, and my letter is more of a rant than a statement.
Below is my letter... but a word on the title.
I feel strongly that the issues that are facing our nation has more to do with our dysfunctional congress than the head of our country. I have said since 2009 that Barack Obama is trying to change our country, we just have 535 people more interested in keeping their jobs than actually governing. Our Congress takes from our people... from preferred treatment, to superior health care, to being paid 180,000 dollars a year... and what do they have to show for it? Nothing. Welfare Queens? all you need to do is look (primarily) at the GOP in the House, and you have your entitlement class. They do nothing, and expect to be rewarded for that behavior.
It is just galling that we have the most useless congress since 1948 and no one is pushing the fact that they have done next to nothing, all in the hopes of unseating our President. (The GOP tried that tactic ironically in 1948, and they lost the house for 50 years as a result, I hope for a repeat)
With that said... here is my Facebook statement/letter. Please feel free to critique.. as I want this to be something worth talking about.
A word of warning... I tend to be a bit more moderate than many here on DKos... I love debate, but I don't want to be attacked because I may not be as outwardly liberal as many here. I love Dkos, and I read a lot here... just be respectful, and I will be the same.
Thank you for your comments.
I understand why people don’t vote. When we have the Republican Party treating facts like used condoms at a Frat Party, and the saturation of horrific ads drowning the swing states, and memes all over the net… it is easy to see why people would rather tune everything out and go about their lives.
I hate the phrase “Both parties are just as bad” because in reality, they are not. The GOP has sprinted off the cliff of reality… I mean… There is a man, who is running for Senate who said “Legitimate Rape” doesn’t cause Pregnancy… and only a few weeks after the GOP ran from him… they are crawling back , giving him money and endorsements, in order to keep hope alive in retaking the Senate. We have a Political party whose nominee can’t keep his positions straight for more than a week at a time. We have a GOP controlled House that has done next to nothing for the last two years, and their main argument for re-election is “It’s the other side’s fault” If I worked for a company, and refused to do work because I didn’t like the guys in IT, I’d be fired. I wouldn’t go into my yearly review and say “well, I won’t do my job because Barack the CEO was mean to me at the Company retreat three years ago.” I would be laughed at as I packed my desk and escorted out of the building.
I wish I got paid 180,000 a year to do nothing, receive free health care for life, and expect to be rewarded for my non-work. That, my friends, is your real entitlement class… it’s called the House of Representatives.
I look at politics with an eye towards history, and an eye towards the future. I look for patterns, examples, and facts that will somehow divine the answer to today’s electoral mysteries. I believe, given what I know, and history, that Obama will win. I believe the Dems will keep the Senate, and I believe (atm) that the House will narrowly stay with the GOP. However, I am sensing a possible wave developing… and while the GOP will stay steady, or lose one or two seats in the Senate. I am starting to feel that there will be a lot of surprising GOP loses (and a few Surprise Dems too) I keep falling back to 1948… the conditions are right, the feelings are similar… the same… storyline is beginning to take shape. I keep fighting that feeling… but it is getting harder to ignore.
Politics is rough. I know. I lived in DC for 7 years. Lived through the 2004 and 2008 elections in that city, and I know that Politics is as hotly debated as the last Redskins – Cowboys game. However, this is not a game… this is governing the largest economy in the world… and on November 7th, we need to stop campaigning, and start governing, or else we will never get out of this hole we are in.