Surfing Political Tidal Waves
Political tides ebb and flow. For the moment the GOP is washing out to sea.
I have to keep reminding myself that it took the international socialism and general incompetence of Jimmy "Do You Believe in Peanut Butter" Carter to bring us two terms of Ronald Reagan. Then it took the over-reaching Hillary Clinton in her quest to destroy the nation's health care system to sweep the GOP into power from 1994 to 2006.
It's hard to smile when you see what mischief the left is planning; although their zeal and over-reaching may well generate the momentum to put the GOP back into power.
Here in Maryland some Democrats are trying to insure that all future elections will be ones where voter fraud will go undetected and unpunished. Personally I view that as a criminal conspiracy to deprive me of my right to vote.
How is it that groups of people are allowed to openly work upon schemes which prevent identification and voter qualification from being demanded at the polls? This is the liberal version of the Jim Crow laws. Instead of making it impossible for someone to vote (via a literacy test that was impossible to pass in Jim Crow days) we now have a scheme to diminish one's right to vote by making voter fraud undetectable and impossible to prosecute.
That means voter fraud can be done easily and without any fear of being caught. It creates the setting for massive fraud and - in effect - this is stealing your right, as a lawful citizen, to vote.
Locally we have a rather sane county (that's would translate as "extremist right wing" to those of you up here from Montgomery or Prince George's) that is not generally hell bent on socialist regulation to redistribute wealth or reduce the ability of the U.S. to act as a nation.
In the socialist scheme, nations are bad, one world is good. Speaking of socialists, Nancy Pelosi is running amuck in Congress and has our mainline media wanting to yell "baby killers" at our returning troops (but still having to resist that impulse or risk a backlash). It is a very tough time to stay upbeat and positive.
So, I take comfort in small things, like the last local election where machine politics lost out to a grass roots effort, where partisan political alignments were set aside for a common goal. It is an encouraging thing that we won the fight for the Board of County Commissioners that way and proved that shared values can overcome partisanship.
I still expect that springtime will reveal even more of the excessive sprawl that was already in the pipeline and that will spark a loud outcry from voters who (wrongly) thought that the problem of sprawl had been solved back in November.
For the next two years we will have an endless run up to electing our next president. I suspect that even a bad GOP candidate will defeat Hillary. Every potential GOP candidate is being shredded already by The Washington Post and friends as a preemptive strike.
The left is now shedding blood in the Clinton/Obama wars. For me their bitter fighting is worthy of a pay-per-view event. Back and forth their minions are firing at each other with the clear goal of political destruction. If you think that's bad just wait until the survivor starts attacking the GOP nominee.
The GOP meanwhile is just happy that the two Democrat candidates are trying to bury the hatchet in each other instead of having one of them step aside and become the other's vice presidential candidate in what would be a very strong ticket.
With all the infighting, partisanship and name-calling going on already, the next two years promise to be a target-rich environment for political columnists. Days of bitter and stormy headlines may be upsetting to read, but the tidal waves of political change allow columnists the chance to simply surf knowing that another monster wave is on the way.
So, for us, like weather forecasters gleefully reporting a Category 4 hurricane, the bad times can actually be good.