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Post Red States, Blue States and the 2014 Mid-Term Elections
Created by John Eipper on 11/07/14 7:45 PM

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Red States, Blue States and the 2014 Mid-Term Elections (Tor Guimaraes, USA, 11/07/14 7:45 pm)

Republican partisans like Randy Black (7 November) have been gloating about the triumph of their party in the last round of elections. Unfortunately for the American people, their victory has no apparent short-term or long-term benefits. Looking at the Republican political victory, and recognizing that the Democratic party in the last six years has performed well below what is needed, I am extremely worried about the latest Republican success. As an Independent, I wish I could "not worry and be happy," but I have many good reasons to worry:

1. Obviously, big money bought the election on both sides.

2. Watching many of the debates, I was amazed how deceitful the candidates on both sides were. For example, Republicans who are known to be against saving Social Security would refuse to admit it and explain why. Democrats who voted for Obama's initiatives most of the time refuse to admit it and explain.

3. The two parties talk a lot about the need to get things done, for working together on the enormous problems facing our nation, but each side has its own agenda ideologically very far apart.

4. America is moving fast toward a feudal state with a small percentage controlling most of the wealth. Democrats in power did not improve that. Republicans are even worse in this department.

5. America is moving toward an oligarchic form of government with big money influence destroying our democracy. Both parties are guilty.

6. America is addicted to military power as the vehicle for foreign policy, and that is terribly wasteful in treasure and lives. It creates unexpected enemies, further conflict, and there is no end in sight. Both parties are guilty, but I expect Republicans will be worse.

7. America has become very disrespectful of the law: porous borders, rampant financial fraud, welfare rip offs, vote suppression, etc.

The real victory for the American people is when we can elect leaders who will address these crucial problems. Until then it will be business as usual, further and further into decay. Happy whatever!

JE comments: Business as usual, as Tor Guimaraes phrases it, will likely define the next two years. Still, the ol' USA always manages to muddle through.  I will confess to being less of a model citizen than Tor, however:  I didn't watch a single political debate during this mid-term election.  On Tuesday Michigan elected a Republican governor and a Democratic senator.  I'm not really sure why.

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