For many years I have thought of myself as a Democrat. The principles of the Democratic Party were more closely aligned to my own political beliefs. That is not to say that I have not crossed over to vote for Republican candidates that I thought were better qualified than their rival Democrat. Shortly after I was given the privilege of voting, I voted for William Knowland; and in the not so distant past, while living in Maine, I voted for both Olivia Snow and Susan Collins, both Republicans. (And..by the way, both elected to office.)
Now, in the election year coming up in 2012, I have to admit that I am embarrassed to be a Democrat. Very few of the principles that the party stood for are apparent today. The “wishy-washiness ” of the Democratic party makes me ill. They no longer stand up for the beliefs that made them a thriving political party. They back down at every opportunity, and no longer represent the people that elected them.
The Republicans are worse. They have stated at the onset that they will not compromise – on anything – and, so far they have not had to do so because the Democrats have recapitulated on every main issue. When one looks at the slate of “would-be” Republican contenders, it rings like “reverse peristalsis”. Candidates that are opposed to women rights; candidates that have crossed the line on morality; candidates that state that “God asked them to run for office”, etc. The only thing they have going for them is that they are millionaires and will not vote for an increased tax for the top 1%. And that, my friend, is unconscionable.
I supported Obama in the last election. I knew that he had a hard row ahead. Somehow the electorate has forgotten just what he did inherit. They blame him for the situation we are in today. He is among the first to admit that he did some things wrong; that given another chance he might do things differently. I honestly believe that if he were not a minority, the naysayers would not be as vocal as they are today. It is my belief that we “hatched” the bigots of the United States when he was elected. No one actually talks about the “race card”; at least not openly, but get together with a few of your “friends” and it always comes out.
So where does that leave me in this next election. I do not feel that I can call myself a Democrat anymore. Quoting a dear friend that I have a great deal of respect for, I would have to say that “ . . . . I am a liberal without a party.” I hope that the majority of the Congress lose their reelection bid next year. They are not listening to the people; the only way that we – the people – can win is to not elect those currently holding office. The non-compromising, the non-flexible, the name callers, do not deserve to be elected as our leaders. They are not leading us anywhere, except down the path of ruin. A path that will be very hard to correct. People say that in the early 1900’s things were easier than they were now. That is probably correct but given the choice, I would rather live in the 21st century than the 20th century. But be very careful about where you put the “X” on your ballot; I fail to see any potential candidate moving us along the updated century; rather, it seems to me that we are headed for “the good old days”, which were not very “good” anyway.