Commentary by Patrick McCormick
Primitive Politics Sept 6, 2010
For nearly two years, the republican minority has thwarted Democratic legislation. They had just enough votes and more than enough tricks to do so. Most of US have sat back and watched as our leaders fiddled and danced around some very important issues. Neither side was willing to compromise. It has been an excessively painful performance to watch. The economy is in bad shape, people are out of work and almost nothing positive has been done.
The party in power usually takes the blame for failure and it looks as if the Democratic Congressmen and Senators are going to pay a heavy price for it. There were many promises made during Barack Obama’s run for the White House; very few of them have been kept. The people are angry and they are going to direct that anger somewhere. It appears the GOP will take control of both houses.
Ah, but then the shoe will be on the other foot. The Republican Party will have to take the blame for further failure. Democrats will still hold a large number of seats and the president will have veto power. They can become the party of NO, if they wish. If that happens the big losers will be the American People, and they will be extremely angry in 2012. Tremendous pressure will be on the President and the Republicans to create some meaningful legislation. They will be forced to cooperate with each other; politics makes such strange bedfellows.
An opportunity to become a truly Great Statesman will fall, like manna from heaven, into President Obama’s lap. If he responds positively, sits down, and comprises with the New Congress, we could pull out of this recession. Barack Obama would then go down in history as one of our greatest presidents. Think about it… the Republican Party would give him, the object of their most vehement scorn, a great chance at re-election.
If he just says, “No” very little legislation will be passed. This President will take a place of shame next to Herbert Hoover and our Nation will be in deep trouble.
The next two years are going to be very interesting.
My name is Patrick M McCormick and I have created this blog as a platform for my political views as well as those of select contributors.
I believe that American Politicians have lost sight of their goal: To uphold the Constitution and protect the rights of the people of the United States. They argue and bicker on the floor of their respective houses, positioning themselves for the next election, while they accomplish very little business for the citizens of this country.
Meanwhile our economy is sliding downward. Millions of our precious jobs have have been exported overseas. Our social safety net and other public services are being cut. Our middle class is rapidly disappearing and the numbers of citizens existing below the poverty line is increasing dramatically.
I plan to examine the causes of these terrible changes to our American way of life. Your comments will help us all arrive at some important conclusions.