Tuesday, November 7, 2006
Voting day in the US
It is midterm elections in the United States. I am rooting for the Democrats to win for the simple reason that I am hoping for stalemate. My desire is for no bill to be passed whatsoever, and for the fiscal conservatism that will result from a divided government. I used to see Democrats as the party of social liberalism, but now, I cannot even see that. The Clinton White House was one with NAFTA, social security 'reform,' and also basically little effort to get off the oil addiction. (not to mention a 100% deplorable foreign policy) What about it's social policies? 'Don't ask, don't tell?' Please, what an utter joke! In short, I view the Democrats as 'Republican lite' when it comes to social issues. And so, I find it hard to actively support the Democrats anymore. I believe neither the Democrats nor the Republicans have what it takes to fight Islamofascism, and neither have any clear stance on domestic policies, either. The Democrats are somewhat better than the Republicans in their domestic policies, but so what? It's not enough. Just look at the Clinton White House as a perfect example of this. And so, yes, I am rooting for the Democrats, but very marginally. I just don't see it as this watershed event if they win. I don't see the Democrats as much of an improvement over the Republicans, and I am sure there will be playground squabbling and subpoenas, but I doubt there will be much change in our political landscape. Are we going to leave Iraq if the Dems win? No. Are we going to suddenly not have a deficit for the next fiscal year? Doubtful. Are we going to tackle immigration? No. Are we going to get off the oil dependency? No. Are we going to deal with the trade deficit? No. Are we going to accomplish much of anything of consequence? Very doubtful. This is why, far from rooting for positive change if the Dems win, I am merely rooting for no more legislation whatsoever. My hope is that Congress legislates nothing. That is the only positive thing I can see on the horizon. And so to you Culture for All readers, I say, go vote if you see a candidate worth voting for, but I certainly understand if you are so demoralized by the pathetic choices, that you decide to exercise your right not to vote. Do what you think is best. And do not let anyone make you feel guilty for exercising your civic right to abstain from the farce that are the midterm elections.