By Jack Jodell, Mar. 7, 2912
This November’s upcoming election is shaping up to be one where American voters will have a real choice for a change. Well, kind of, at least. They will have the chance to elect a President as well as determine the type of Congress we will have for at least the next two years. With public approval of Congress deaervedly hovering at or near an all-time low of a mere 9%, it is certain that the makeup of both houses will change dramatically, and I believe this change will be for the better. I say this because voters are fed up with repeated conservative Republican/Tea Party obstruction and gridlock. They want Congresspersons to EARN their immense $174,000+ annual paychecks instead of merely collecting them while engaging in blatant acts of petty partisanship. They want these bodies to enact legislation that will benefit the country rather than benefitting mainly special interests or the rich and powerful. They will no longer tolerate unproductive snobs and drunks like Eric Cantor or John Boehner stalling important jobs legislation instead of passing it. They’ve had it with Boehner crying at the podium, too—they don’t care for grown men in positions of great authority and respomsibility carrying on like sissies. They are very sick and tired of constipated, stodgy old farts like Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell publicly saying that his first, number-one priority is to prevent the President from winning a second term, when even fools know creating good-paying American jobs should be his primary focus! The public is bone-weary of paying jerks like him an exorbitant salary to waste time playing political games. Voters, especially female voters, are furious with two-bit political hacks like Rick Samtorum and Darrell Issa mounting petty little attacks on Planned Parenthood, public schools, higher education, CONTRACEPTION, and gay rights. They no longer want to hear about bigoted social wedge issues which divide us, and instead, want the nation’s public servants to start narrowing the great and growing income gap which divides us economically. Abundant proof of this can be found all across the country on the streets of our cities. Ever since last fall, literally millions have taken to the streets to protest this wealth disparity. Unlike some in the Libertarian or conservative wing of the Republican Party would have you believe, most voters do NOT view the Federal Government as a grave threat to their own freedom. That is why the anti-tax, anti-government philosophy of trust-funders like Grover Norquist and scheming, ultra-secretive electoral manipulators like the Koch brothers is starting to fall more and more on deaf ears. People by and large see huge financial contributions coming fom billionaires and the corporate SuperPACs as a much greater danger to individual liberty than are needed government regulations on large businesses and Wall Street, and they correctly view these regulations as a necessary buffer protecting them from the excesses of those big businesses and their fabulously wealthy owners. Today’s voter WANTS government to work and is not wanting its effectiveness weakened or destroyed. That is yet another reason that the loud and obnoxious, yet wholly unproductive TEA PARTY will soon be on the way out, and why its rabble-rousing, loud-mouthed champions like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann are rapidly falling into disfavor. After all, their severe lack of information about the truth of our own history and its government coupled with their love of personal wealth, fame, and attention, has justifiably left an extremely bad taste in the mouths of the American public.
Voters are also livid with the way Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Ohio Governor John Kasich LIED to them about the so-called evils of public sector unions, and they and their party’s blatant and illegal attempts to eliminate them while simultaneously pushing through millions of dollars of NON-job producing tax breaks benefitting only big business while actually reducing aid to the poor and public education. Voters know this is an out and out attack on the middle class, and they will react accordingly. Walker will almost certainly be thrown out of office in the upcoming recall, and the fate of Kasich remains to be seen. But if the recent rejection of that extreme legislation by Ohio voters is any indication, his career as an elected official will be a decidedly short one!
Speaking of attacks on the middle class, Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney ranks near the very top, and that is why he will NEVER become President! This pampered rich kid, the son of an auto company executive, has built an entire career on immensely profiting from bankrupting companies and exporting their workers’ labor force and entire plants to cheaper, foreign slave labor countries. Then he has the audacity to claim that he is a “job provider” and knows how our economy is supposed to work? I DON’T THINK SO, MITT, AND NEITHER WILL THE VOTERS! This country desperately needs programs in place to HIRE workers at a good wge level, not to be led by a man who “enjoys FIRING people!”
Extremists have never fared well in American politics. One or a few of them may win an occasional election, but when an entire party veers radically to the right or left, as this current reactionary Republican Party has done increasingly of late, that party will suffer a massive electoral defeat, become a weak and regional-only party, or impolde upon itself and go out of existence completely. GOP extremism and excesses are rampant. Lying talk radio show host Rush Limbaugh‘s recent rants on air about how a responsible and courageous 24 year old law student was a “slut” and a “prostitute” who wanted to have “unlimited, no-consequences sex…10 times a day for 3 years” just because she spoke up for contraception and women’s reproductive rights, and said or meant nothing like what Limbaugh intimated against her, is the perfect example of how radically intolerant, anti-woman, and extreme this wretched party has become, and they will pay dearly for this extremism in the fall.
The signs of this Republican extreme excess are many and obvious. Every single one of those pictured at right above is the enemy of all who are not part of the uppermost 1%. That is why, in spite of record amounts of secret cash coming in to finance individual Republicans’ efforts to become elected, they will fail miserably because they have repeatedly failed the American voter, By refusing to raise taces on the wealthiest citizens despite 67% of the electorate favoring such an action, Republicans have boxed themselves in to being the party of only the uppermost 1% and have all but abandoned us, THE MAJORITY 99%. The last time I looked, the 1% had nowhere near enough votes to win all elections strictly by themselves. Instead, progressives will triumph and begin to restore a true balance of power to the government!