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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

A sleeping America wakes up

And the Right Wing authoritarians are removed from power.

Yesterday's election was a powerful message to BushCo and the so called "conservatives" who have been running this country into the ground for the last six years. There is an old saying where I come from, "Don't piss down my leg and tell me it's raining". We have just seen what happens when you do, over and over, and the American people finally figured out that the Right wing have been pissing down our collective leg all this time.

This election was without a doubt a referendum on BushCo policies, especially the war on Iraq, but it is also a response to the Right Wing Authoritarian sense of entitlement that has relegated all of us who did not buy into their pipe dream to the status of second class citizens, "unpatriotic", "traitors" and all those other cute little labels they tries to stick on us.

What we have now is a government that will have to work together. The balance of power is such now that if BushCo (or any real conservatives, if there are some left in Washington) will have to strike a balance to get anything done, no more rubber stamp.

Given the mess the country is in, what with the war, the crushing debt, and all the rest of the Bush legacy, I can only hope that the Democrats will not indulge in some (admittedly well deserved) payback for their treatment these last six years. The country doesn't need any more of that sort of thing. What we need is to get out of the hole that BushCo dug for us, and quickly.

One of the things that I found very interesting is that the TheoCon power seems to be broken as well. (Thanks in part to Ted Haggard no doubt).

Their three big issues were all defeated in the most interesting ways. The South Dakota anti-choice abortion initiative was struck down, Missouri passed the Stem Cell initiative (thanks in part to Rush Limbaugh) and most surprising of all, Arizona, a very conservative State defeated a same sex marriage ban. All three of these suggest that we see a weakening of the TheoCons and we are just a little less likely to have their religious mythology shoved down our throats.

In our local election Governor Granholm defended her seat successfully against Dick DeVos, an extremely creepy TheoCon.

DeVos, the son of the co-founder of Amway, is a little rich boy, born with a silver spoon in his mouth, who has never had to work for anything in his life until now. He believes (by his own admission) that only the rich should be allowed to govern, and has a profound sense of entitlement.

Let me give you a telling glimpse into the character of both candidates.

I live on the corner of two well used roads and the property has a lot (over a thousand feet) of road frontage. Two days before the election I get a call from Governor Granholm's election committee asking permission to put up a couple of signs in front of the house and along the road. I told the woman who called I would talk with the household and get back to her.

While I was having this conversation, the DeVos camp was out pounding signs into the property every ten feet, without so much as a "by your leave". That is the kind of entitlement he had.

DeVos also spent more money trying to win the Governor's seat than has ever been spent in a governor's race anywhere. He would have been so bad for this State it isn't funny, but even with all his money, his corporate connections and his silver spoon, he went down to defeat.

All told, it was a good day for freedom. Perhaps the people in Washington will remember that we are not quite the sheep they thought we were.



steve-vh said...

Yes, it was a very heartening set of results today. Even Zeeland passed their alcohol repeal, by 40 votes!

Bobbe Edmonds said...

Mushtaq, WE DID IT!!!!!

Well, not "We" singlehandedly, but I like to give myself some credit for pulpit-pounding. And you should do the same.

Thanks for making me more politically aware than I ever have been in my life, and for pointing me in the various directions that often leave my head spinning like that chick from the Exorcist. I have always valued our friendship, and the instruction I get from you occasionally does penetrate my thick skull.

Anonymous said...

Don't you just know that the dusty and little-used word "bipartisan" is sticking in a lot of biled-up Republican throats this morning?

Rummy fell on his sword, but I don't that that is going to appease the D's. Expect to see some knives come out -- albeit things would be better if they kept them sheathed -- living well is the best revenge ...

Wil Robinson said...

We'll see how much really changes...the Dems were pretty eager to invade Iraq, and now they aren't exactly asking the tough questions about Iran.

Dan Gambiera said...

C'mon Steve. It's the first good news in about twelve years. Let us stay happy for just a few more hours :-)

Anonymous said...

Hey Mushtaq check out my fine state ^_^ I'm not saying it makes up for anything in the past, but I do look better in blue as opposed to Blackwell.