Election 2010…what a sad day for America

I wasn’t up at the crack of dawn posting furiously along with the rest of the world on the results of yesterday’s election, where the American people voted the Democratic party out of their majority.   I really needed to sit and think, without giving a gunshot opinion. 

The defeat of the Democrat party in the house wasn’t unexpected, but it is a sad day, because it clearly highlights how unable Washington is to move away from political posturing and really working to help the American people.  I was a huge Obama supporter in 2008 and I still believe in his views, dreams and desires for the country.  He has brought excellent huge legislation into action and solidified our reputation again, internationally.  But he didn’t answer the heart of the Amercian people.  He wanted the job and knew what he was getting into — the worse mess in the economy since the ’30’s.  And as in corporate America, you can’t look back.  At a certain point, you have to forget what caused the mess and just work at clean up and a rebuild.  You have to look forward and as we all know, you can’t keep doing the same thing and expect a different outcome, which seems to be the Washington game plan over and over again…on both sides.  Obama was humble and self-reflective and brought up his willingness to bridge gaps, but at the same time, the seeming Republican agenda over the past 2 years was to block Obama, no matter what.  If you didn’t see the full press conference, here it is.

I have a proposition to the government — both parties — as they move forward.  Cut all their salaries to what they would make on unemployment insurance.  Put them all on COBRA.  Those that are wealthy won’t feel the pinch, just as the wealthy are barely disturbed in their daily lives in the economic disaster (e.g. Meg Whitman being able to spend $130M on her campaign without a blink).  But those who rely on their government salaries will start to feel the same pinch that we all do…granted it may take them a year to feel it…but I’d like to see their attitude changes as their pocketbook pinches.  Would that change the political posturing?  Don’t know.  Just an idea. 

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And pre-post, I received this from Frish, a friend and reader: 

His observations worth sharing:

Individually, human’s are pretty smart (compared to other inhabitants of the Earth). In a group, we cannot act with wisdom. Why people would vote in Republicans, after what Republicans did to this WORLD, is simply further proof.

Last week a friend invited me to the taping of Bill Maher’s Real Time, where Jimmy Carter was the special guest interview.  The country is, according to Jimmy Carter, more polarized than almost anytime since the Civil War (see interview below).  I agree with him.  The country is polarized.  A ton of courageous civil servants put their necks on the line to try to move the country in a tough direction…today they are out of their jobs…in fact, they will likely be getting unemployment soon and paying COBRA for their medical health coverage.

The people always speak.  I wouldn’t have spoken in the same way (i.e. I’m a Democrat through and through), but seriously, our leader need to get jobs developed and available now, and the Democrats and Republicans have to work together to move initiatives forward…and fast.  I, as most of you, hate the polarization.  As Obama said “We are stuck in neutral.” We may be at the cusp of either watching the great American empire fall, or if the Republicans look to a future within their own party, a possible way to move foward that strengthens our country rather than kills it.  The entire world is watching, so we fail, then we fail on a world stage.  You can only be the world’s greatest power once in the lifetime of an empire.

7 thoughts on “Election 2010…what a sad day for America

  1. THIS IS WHAT I WROTE TO THE WHITE HOUSE TODAY…

    Obama’s abreaction.

    Obama will be tarred and feathered for being a bleeding heart liberal.

    It feels bad? What kind of a commander in chief says: It feels bad?

    To quote Governor The-Quitter Palin: “Man up.”

    Here’s what I would suggest to the White House strategists:

    We are all in-born with a sense of justice. Even poor people.

    BushCo, Wall Street, Haliburton, BP, and any and all types of “renditions”, and on and etc….

    All need to come to justice. Watergate was necessary, this is far more necessary.

    Until we resolve a whole lot of injustice, the American people won’t want to participate much.

    Yet, our enemies will be ever more motivated.

    Justice Haiku:

    I say: “Bring it on”!
    Justice: It’s the real thing!
    By Rule Of Law


    FRISH

  2. I believe humans have created their strange bed with assumptions such as these; “Individually, human’s are pretty smart (compared to other inhabitants of the Earth). In a group, we cannot act with wisdom. Why people would vote in Republicans, after what Republicans did to this WORLD, is simply further proof.”

    The day that a human can send a sound half way across the world, or have the ability to use sonar through their own ears, or the intelligence to detect major natural disasters, then I would say that humans are pretty smart.

    In essence, we are all as dumb as a box of rocks and though mistakes have inventors helped us make it to this point.

    When we stop blaming others for our second and third mortgages to buy investments out of our league. When we stop blaming others for not being informed and then getting mad because we took others ‘word’ instead of seeking facts.

    When we stop engaging in convenience is when we will feel more empowered. We need an educated country in order to support democracy and education has been stripped to its minimum not being able to support democracy and intelligent decisions.

    The most important political races are local not national. Most people never vote for their home town electorates but are out there for the national elections which does not affect our daily lives since all legislation must pass through the two houses that affect us in our personal lives. I say elect the lobbyists to cut out the middle man and save money and our sanity because at least we know who we are dealing with.

    STOP BUYING CRAP AND ONLY WANT YOU NEED! That’s more potent that any election. CONSERVATION to cut down on multinational corporation profits. Being mad only means you know too little to make a difference.

    The real problem is how the corporations are in your living room dictating how your kids are to grow up. Parents do not have control anymore and there should be screaming and having fits about this more than any election.

    We need to check our priorities instead of the corporations brainwashing us with tech and nanos.

  3. If my comment has to wait for moderation where is my freedom of speech? Everything is too politically correct in this country blocking out opposition thoughts which this blog being case in point. Please post this as well if we do have any First Amendment rights anymore. And if not posted…

    1. Professor KZ, your comments are not restricted except for your first time commenting. It is a protection against the might spambots that send spam messages to blog comments. Much less irritating for readers posting comments this way.

  4. I feel just the opposite, what a great day for America.

    When Obama was elected it shows what happens when you put someone in office that has never run anything.

  5. Dear Janet,
    The legislature was just about deadlocked, and people thought nothing might get done for two more years. Now we KNOW with certainty that nothing will get done for two more years. In a way, that is progress. Wall street loves certainty.
    The US’s heavily leveraged future is being sucked dry to balance the world economy in an ongoing economic world war, called Globalized Capitalism. The alternative would probably involve the unimagineable destruction of several hot wars with modern weaponry that cannot be controlled or limited by any major power.
    The representative electoral process has been dissected and permeated and is no longer a measure of the will of the people. There is a cloud descending upon the world that makes the Iron Curtain of a generation ago look like tin foil. There will be no Free World outside of it, and soon it will seem that “Resistance Is Futile”.
    None of this is happening by accident, which is why the situation is so very much sadder than a mere shift in House Leadership.
    The US, and perhaps a few other nations, could still resist this by isolating itself, but that would mean no Foreign Oil, Cocaine (a major US Industry), Coffee, Chocolate, Banannas, Rare Earth Metals (for super-magnets), or Lithium Batteries, and very limited Exports.
    Would you cast a vote for Freedom knowing that would be the result? I think you won’t even be given the chance.
    Hoping to be found wrong about it all –
    Joe

  6. I believe humans have created their strange bed with assumptions such as these; “Individually, human’s are pretty smart (compared to other inhabitants of the Earth). In a group, we cannot act with wisdom. Why people would vote in Republicans, after what Republicans did to this WORLD, is simply further proof.” The day that a human can send a sound half way across the world, or have the ability to use sonar through their own ears, or the intelligence to detect major natural disasters, then I would say that humans are pretty smart. In essence, we are all as dumb as a box of rocks and though mistakes have inventors helped us make it to this point. When we stop blaming others for our second and third mortgages to buy investments out of our league. When we stop blaming others for not being informed and then getting mad because we took others ‘word’ instead of seeking facts. When we stop engaging in convenience is when we will feel more empowered. We need an educated country in order to support democracy and education has been stripped to its minimum not being able to support democracy and intelligent decisions. The most important political races are local not national. Most people never vote for their home town electorates but are out there for the national elections which does not affect our daily lives since all legislation must pass through the two houses that affect us in our personal lives. I say elect the lobbyists to cut out the middle man and save money and our sanity because at least we know who we are dealing with. STOP BUYING CRAP AND ONLY WANT YOU NEED! That’s more potent that any election. CONSERVATION to cut down on multinational corporation profits. Being mad only means you know too little to make a difference. The real problem is how the corporations are in your living room dictating how your kids are to grow up. Parents do not have control anymore and there should be screaming and having fits about this more than any election. We need to check our priorities instead of the corporations brainwashing us with tech and nanos.

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