Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Reset Button

According to a recent poll, almost 7 in 10 registered voters say they voted in the mid-term elections with the hope of seeing change. By a 2 to 1 margin, they say the election results (and the resulting divided government) are good for the country. But, they are doubtful of just how much change will actually take place. Huh? Sometimes, I really wonder how much critical and logical thinking is going on amongst American voters.

Almost 3/4 (73%) say there either will not be much change or just some change. And, 76% believe the country is headed for a period of division with the parties showing little willingness to work together or compromise. So, how could these same people expect anything to change in an atmosphere like this? We were having a problem getting any real change when one party ruled both the house and the senate... does anyone think now that they are evenly divided, there will be any cooperation? If anything there will be more rancor and division.

A kindergarten child could figure this out, but so many Americans and so-called adults couldn't. This is why a good many of them either didn't vote or they voted Republican during the last election. They voted for candidates who failed to tell them just how they planned to change anything. They voted for candidates from the party they tossed out for the stellar job they did in wrecking the economy just two years before! Astonishing!

"The message emerging from this survey is, Americans want to hit the Washington "reset button," said Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart, who conducted the poll with Republican pollster Bill McInturff, "but they’re skeptical cooperation can replace combat and that progress can supplant gridlock." So again, I ask... What do they (the American public) want? More importantly, what did they expect?

Newsflash! There is no reset button and business goes on as usual. The party in power flexes and the party that was vanquished plays spoiler and says "NO!" to everything... just because a kindergartener can explain the whole process to you. It's that simple. People don't really want change. Oh, I know they say they do... but when it comes, they aren't ready to pay the price that change costs and they're scared of actually getting what they asked for. It's a paradox. Oh, of course it is... but it is the way we, the American voters, have always been.

When this next congress is seated in January, you're going to have the neophytes, the Tea Party crowd, who think they're going to rewrite the Bible and who, more than likely, are going to be informed by those with seniority in their own party of just what they can and will not be doing, and you'll have what is left of the Democrats, playing spoiler. It will be their turn to filibuster and say "No!" to everything and you'll have a President who won't be able to get a bill passed. That doesn't sound like change to me... that sounds like business as usual.

This is what those of you who didn't vote and those of you who voted Republican voted for. There is no reset button. It's a very bleak outlook I know, but a very likely and realistic one. I hope I'm wrong!

1 comment:

Arlene said...

Thank goodness we know where our help comes from!! No one person, party, or principality has power over the world. We must do what is right and "good" will follow.

I heard a very ood sermon two weeks ago entitled "Are You The One?" We have to ask ourselves that question every day and in every situation. Will we be used for the good of mankind? Are our choices made for self and others or just self? Interesting thought to ponder.


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