Regressive Republican Agenda Is Plan Number One!
November 8, 2010
(ChattahBox Op/Ed) – Let me start off by saying that after reading this you have all been warned and all I ask is that you continue to pay attention to what is about to happen to your country. After spending the weekend bloviating about their new mandate, it is clear Republican’s are laser focused on not moving the country forward but rather taking us back to the “good old days”.
Promising no cooperation at all, main-line Republicans felt it necessary this weekend to inform the American people that over the next two years what you should expect is obstruction (ongoing, actually), lengthy and costly investigations, and a return to politics as usual. These are their words, not mine. It is clear that the 60 seat pick up in the House last week was a clarion call to the radical right in this country that the voters gave them some kind of political gift certificate to do with as they will.
After the elections last Tuesday, President Obama sounded conciliatory in his acceptance of the election results, and with a sense of resignation has rhetorically reached out to the Republican leadership and offered an opportunity to move the country forward in a shared and compromising way.
The Republican’s made it clear this weekend that they need no compromises and espirit de corps for them to lead, that the idea that working together as we must holds no hope in the 112th Congress, thank you very much. So let it be written, so let it be done.
The regressive and mean spirited posturing of the Republican Party will further harm any progress we have made. They will in effect help the Progressive movement grow, as did their former leader George W. Bush. The most troubling aspect of this posturing is that at a time when we should be thinking and acting on policy and practice that will bring meaningful change and growth; we will be mired in the political mud that was created by the Republican storm of 2010.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
At a time of great dissatisfaction and disenfranchisement it would be my hope that clear headed political leaders would respond to what the American people want: Jobs. That is the number one issue in this country today. We can not expect economic growth without more jobs. We cannot expect a turn around in the real estate market without jobs. We cannot expect continued growth of the GDP without jobs. We cannot think about servicing our debt without jobs. And where is the Republican dialogue about jobs? No where.
You have about 100 days during a new term in Congress to make powerful change before they all start worrying about reelection. That’s it. So at a time when we should be focusing on jobs and how to further stimulate the economy the Republican leadership is talking about investigations and undoing laws that won’t get undone. The insanity of that plan moving forward makes no sense in any way.
We are at a crossroads in this country. There are issues that are pressuring too many families to make choices that continue to be a drag on our way of life. We are not seeing with any kind of genuine reassurance that there is a clear path to a better life. Young people today can’t find a job. Older unemployed American’s can’t find a job. And those that are working are all too consumed with keeping their job that they don’t want anything to threaten that. This is a freaking nightmare and all we have been promised by the new Republican leadership is investigations and no cooperation with President Obama.
So, conservative America, how are you feeling about change this morning? Not all of us are Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, flag waving, gun toting, right wing ideologues who only care about ideas that matter to me alone. Some of us live in a world where what happens to our neighbor’s concerns us. Some of us believe that the real Christian thing to do is to help as many people as possible with the resources we have and to find a way to distribute those resourced without punishing those who have done better than others.
You have been warned. What you voted for you will get and when we are walking this path two years from now wondering why we are no better off today than we were during the 2010 midterm election you will have no one but yourselves to blame for the lack of progress.
My only hope, and because I am not delusional I won’t be holding on too tightly to it is a new movement nay come forward based on the reality that the change you voted for betrayed you. It may require too many of you to turn off the television and to think for yourselves, but it is possible, or at least I pray it is.
Again, you have been warned.
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.