Robert Stein 1924-2014

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Monday, October 27, 2008

The One-Party Rule Scare

In this desperate week of fighting to hold onto Washington power, the GOP will play its last card--to arouse voter fear of what one-party rule would do to the country, of what the "Socialism" of Barack Obama would mean if supported by filibuster-proof majorities that would give Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid a free hand.

By implicitly acknowledging the defeat of their White House ticket, Republicans could make the argument in an attempt to save such endangered Senate seats as those of Elizabeth Dole in North Carolina, Saxby Chambliss in Georgia and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky.

Since Americans have an innate mistrust of concentrated power, the notion could gain traction for voters with short memories. They would have to forget the past two years of "checks and balances" that prevented extending health care to impoverished children and setting reasonable timetables for withdrawal from Iraq, among other majority desires.

Some might look at the first six years of the Bush Administration with a compliant Congress that produced a disastrous war, a ruined economy and an assault on the Constitution. That was one-party rule with a vengeance, but does that make the case for an impotent divided Washington or for putting the future in the hands of a party that won't abuse its power?

No reasonable person would be willing to trust an Obama Administration and Democratic Congress with unlimited power but, in cleaning up eight years of Bush wreckage, it makes sense to let them start doing the job without their hands tied.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Robert, I like your stuff, but is it really necessary to have the entire article in bold?

Anonymous said...

The bold offsets the body text from the other stuff on the left though, so I like it.

Anonymous said...

If McCain/Palin win the White House, what good will it be?

If the nastiest, dirtiest, most erratic campaign mounted in the 21st Century
(and even though it's only a few years old, that is saying something),
can triumph over the most obvious leader to emerge in decades,
what hope does our nation have?

What direction would a McCain/Palin administration take us?
Do you think that they even know themselves?
Have you noticed that the color scheme of the McCain campaign
isn't even red, white and blue? It's blue, white and gold. Which USA is that?

All I hear from the McCain/Palin camp is "Barack this," and "Obama that."

What I hear from Obama is "We can do this," and "we can fix that."

I say, let's vote for hope, change and a continuation of Democracy.
4 more years of Reaganomics will turn us into
THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF THE UNITED STATES

OBAMA = PROGRESSION + OPPORTUNITY
MCCAIN = REGRESSION + STAGNATION