OK, Republicans, If You Win, Then What?
October 29, 2010
(ChattahBox Op/Ed) – All partisanship aside, now what? Let’s just say for the sake of today’s column that Republicans gain control of the House, of the Senate I am not entirely sure that will happen, but let’s stick to the House for now. Now what? What happens if Republicans take control of the house? What changes? What will happen? How will it create opportunity that doesn’t currently exist as things stand today?Answer that and be honest. The only thing that immediately changes on November 3, 2010 is the new elected members of Congress will begin positioning themselves for committee assignments. There will be all kinds of verbal jousting, etc. But come January 2011, what will a majority of Republican’s bring the country that we don’t currently have?
I’m not entirely sure many of you understand the process or even the job duties of the House and Senate, and I am not going to provide a Civics lesson today, just Google it if you don’t know just so you know what you are talking about as we move forward, if we can, that is.
Posturing and positioning is a major component of politics, but leadership and ideas are as well, or better be. My real concern, and it is very real if you are paying attention, is fairly simple. Are the Republican’s going to spend the next 12 months actually trying to help the country or are they going to spend the next 12 months trying to make Obama look unelectable? I don’t think they are smart enough to do both and I can promise you that within seven days of the elections next Tuesday there will be at least one Republican who will announce his intention to run for President saying the mid-terms are a clear sign that he is needed – whatever.
As we have serious issues facing this country and we have a serious president that wants to solve these problems, will the newly minted Congress play keep away or will they have our best interests at heart? Answer that for me with facts and we’ll take it from there.
There is a great deal at stake next Tuesday and the “messages” that the election will send are not going to be new messages. Truth in fact, it will be the same messages voters always send. We want change, but when will we as an electorate realize that just changing political parties and a few people here and there don’t change anything. What we need to do is use our voices and rise up against the tide of ineptitude and demand legislation that represents what we want.
We can, and should, write and organize to force Congress to start dealing with what it is we want. We do have a collective voice that we do not use effectively. We are told it is our vote that changes things, and we have been lied to because if that were true we would see a very different country than we do right now.
Holding those we vote for accountable is where our real power is and we can do that on a daily basis and at any time, not just once every two years. We can and should be our own lobbyists and yet we bitch and moan our way from election to election. Believe me if we were to collectively and effectively form a group of people that were to rally against policy or for policy, we would see action, yet Congress relies on our apathy knowing full well we don’t make individuals pay for their mistakes, we take it out on political parties instead. We have is backward.
I take no pleasure on the regressive attitude of the American electorate and I take no pride in a political system that punishes people for bravery and intelligence. If we want true reform in America we must start focusing on issues and not on politics, and until we do that the merry-go-round we call elections will be nothing more than what they have historically been: much ado about nothing.
So, I ask again, now what?
Tony Trupiano is a former national syndicated progressive radio talk show host, author, and a former candidate for Congress. He is also a nationally recognized media trainer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and can read his Blog at www.mediatraining.me..