Each day it appears more certain that the political bloodbath predicted for midterm elections in Congress will become instead a wake for the departed Democrat Party. President Obama with the able help of fellow Progressives in Congress may have driven a stake into the heart of the once great Liberal faction of American politics. As a Conservative, one might assume I am overjoyed at the concept of massive Democrat failure, but I am more troubled than pleased. I don't want the whole Party to go away, just the far left Progressive purveyors of Socialist thought and doctrine that have perverted this once great Democrat institution. In two short years, they have turned the Party into a vehicle of destruction for America's economy, productivity, future and world standing. Republicans would do well to take note.
Why The Shift?
Republicans have been swept into office in the past, but never on a scale we will see in November. It appears as if the electorate not only is tired of the politics we've seen over the past two years, but in addition, wants to punish the Party in power for its transgressions: Squandering an entire year to force through unpopular Obamacare, while homes foreclosed and paychecks ended. Taking over companies like GM and banks like Washington Mutual only to seize assets and leave investors out in the cold. Demonizing Wall Street bonuses only to continue paying huge compensation to the managers of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and supporting union pensions that make many annual salaries pale in comparison. And, worse than anything else, scaring the hell out of American businesses, essentially paralyzing growth and employment opportunities. Perhaps most ironically, this President and his family have taken conspicuous trips and vacations to luxury locales while many in the heartland of this Country are struggling daily to survive economically. The Soviet "ruling class" lives on in this administration.
A Delicate Balance
As a Libertarian, I used to support the concept of a three party system. I came to understand however, that a third party only works to split one or the other mainstream organization into factions that weaken their core. A strong two party system seems to me to be ideal in the framework of our Government as prescribed by the Constitution and our Founding Fathers. As more of America’s voters describe themselves as independent, it has become clear that a delicate balance of Parties must be maintained, and any political organization that forgets Americans are generally right-CENTER, does so at their own peril.
All Change Is Not Good
Throughout history many questionable leaders have come to power, not by seizing it, but through election by the people. If conditions are bad enough ("You never want a serious crisis to go to waste"), voters will sometimes make rash decisions that turn out to be huge mistakes. In hindsight one might argue that the Congressional elections of 1994 and 2006 are good examples. We may someday add the 2010 midterms to that list. This Country doesn't function well under one ideology to the exclusion of all others, and as much as I would like to see a shift of Congressional power to neuter the Obama agenda, I don't want to witness the destruction of an entire Party. In the long term, it won't be good for us as Conservatives, and it won't be good for America.
Originally posted on 10/03/2010 at ConservativeCompass.com