(October 18, 2012)
I'm thinking ahead to the next Congress. If President Obama is re-elected but the Senate and House are Republican, nothing will get done. Obama will have to govern by executive order and we'll have four more years of GOP obstructionism. If Mitt wins and Congress is majority GOP, we can kiss our safety nets goodbye and say hello to privatized Social Security and a host of other evils designed by Paul Ryan. If Mitt wins and the Dems own Congress, we at least have a chance to control extremism, but not much of one.
It's always dangerous when one party is in control, so, who do you trust? The answer is nobody. Never trust a politician, especially now. But this is not a matter of trust. It's about practicality.
Contemporary Republicans are incapable of running this secular, diverse, multi-faceted country because of the religious extremists and tea party extremists who control them. A President Romney would not be the most powerful man in the country. That title would fall to Grover Norquist. Another question. The next president will pick possibly three Supreme Court nominees to replace retiring judges. Who do you want making that choice, the party with the man who agrees that corporations are people? Not me.
I would love to be able to vote for a Republican again. It hasn't happened since 2000 when I voted for George W. Bush. Yeah, that's right. I voted for Bush. Hey, it was a career choice. I couldn't draw Al Gore.