I had to laugh as I was driving to my first appointment today.
As the calls poured in to CSPAN, both Republican and Democrat, I was blown away by how collegial both spectrums of callers were. Democrats saying how greatful they were to have a chance to prove to the other half of the nation that they aren’t the cartoon characters that Republican leadership has painted them, and Republicans saying largely that they deserved to be beaten with the landscape the way it was.
Of course there was a crazy right-winger that said that Americans had effectively voted for terrorists and that he was going to make a fortune investing in body bags in anticipation of several American cities being “lit up” by nuclear weapons.
Crack me up.
At least the President struck a conciliatory tone today – actually admitting that in Texas they call what happened yesterday “a thumpin'”. He said that he had come to Washington to change the tone back in 2000 and had not been as successful as he would have liked – but now maybe he’ll have more luck.
Sure – since it’s mainly the Republican House leadership that was responsible for the one-party political freak show we’ve been witnessing for the past 12 years. Now maybe we can something besides opposition to gay-marriage, flag-burning, abortion, stem-cell research, letting Terri Schiavo pass peacefully, and any kind of intelligent look at the Iraq War on the legislative calendar.
He was also kind enough to invite the new Democratic Leadership to come over to the White House so they could have an exchange of ideas about how to solve America’s problems and, as he puts it, “Get Something Done” for America.
Bravo. But I’m confused. Isn’t that what responsible, representative goverment all about? Oh – I’m sorry, I forgot that the Republican Leadership’s mantra has been all about disenfranchising the half of the country that the Democratic representatives represent. It’s not surprising that it takes “a thumpin'” to bring the President back to the table.
One can only hope that the Democrats won’t respond in kind by putting the Republicans in the Political Siberia that they’ve been living in for the past 12 years and instead work from the Center creating good compromises for the debacles the Republicans have left behind on Medicare, Social Security, Fiscal Policy, Foreign Policy, National Debt, Deficit Spending, 9/11 Commission, and Ethical Oversight to name a few.
One Party Rule has been demonstrated not to work – now it’s time for ALL our elected representatives in this country to come to the table and dialogue through these issues and work FOR the people they represent instead of USING those people for fodder for their own Political Machine.
I know this is probably a Utopian dream – but one can only hope.