Goodbye Olympia Snowe (and goodbye to reason)

While I am certainly not a republican, it was with great sadness that I heard that Maine senator Olympia Snowe would not be seeking reelection. She was one of an ever shrinking number of congress critters that I had a great deal of respect for. Not because of any particular view or poisition of hers, but because she understood how politics was supposed to work.

Compromise. It is not a four letter word. America is a huge country, with vastly divergent views on every matter. There is no black and white, just millions of shades of gray. Our government was never intended to be ruled completely by one party.

And yet over the last few years we have seen a rise in the radical right, and an unwillingness among the republicans to negotiate or compromise. They have insisted, time and time again, that they have their way, gridlocking congress no matter the cost to Americans. And this obstinance is not only seen in legislation, but in the blocking of appointments of judges, committee members, and other posts.

For the first half of his presidency it was usually Obama and the democrats who caved, not compromising but capitulating. But now that Obama is finally standing up, and seeking compromise instead of capitulation, or even finding ways to work around congress, the Republicans scream bloody murder, and time and time again blame Obama.

I have watched as the republicans slowly slid to the right during Bush, fueled in no small part by the far right conservative christians, and also fueled by a violent hatred of muslims and a push for christian dominance. And then watched the slow slide pick up great speed when america dared to elect a black man as president. And the underlying tones of racism, nationalism, and christian righteousness come to the forefront in alarming detail.

Make no mistake- we have seen a fundamental breakdown in our political system. And to be more blunt- we have seen a coup. A hijacking of our political system with no regard whatsoever for the average american.

It is no wonder the republican race for the presidency has become such a circus. A field full of mostly radicals from all over the conservative map. The republicans have lost the ability to negotiate and compromise even in their own party, and can form no consensus on direction. The question is rapidly becoming whether the republican party will destroy itself, or our nation…or both.

So Goodbye Olympia Snowe- it is understandable why you have chosen to leave the cesspool. Absolutes, especially when they rest on morals, religion, and personal views have no place in a system built on respect, compromise, and an understanding that no matter what you believe- it is just that, a belief. And that in a system designed to serve over 311 million people, insisting on ideas supported by a small minority is a recipe for disaster.


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I am a criminal. Because I have used cannabis and psychedelics extensively. I have tried many other drugs, but never cared for the uppers, downers, or dissociatives. I love craft beer, and absinthe, but don't care much for alcohols effects- which quite frankly, are boring and dangerous. Science is my religion. I am in my 40's, and have travelled extensively. And often forced myself outside of my confort zone. I am employed, a respected member of my communtiy, an animal lover, an environmentalist, a political junkie, and the realities I have experienced continue to push me further to the left of the political spectrum.
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3 Responses to Goodbye Olympia Snowe (and goodbye to reason)

  1. I’ve been following this story too. The other night, Rachel Maddow had a segment where she went over political scientists’ data measuring ideological extremism (or lack thereof) in either party. The data showed Republicans have been getting more and more extreme while Democrats have stayed mostly the same, but have been actually getting more conservative themselves. She basically said she think’s it’s the republican’s long-term strategy to slowly make America more and more conservative. That would explain why Republicans don’t seem to care Snowe is gone; what’s one seat in the context of such a larger picture?

  2. frank kirby says:

    Mr. Limbaugh seems to be somewhat challenged conscience/empathy/integrity-wise. His supporters might share these same defitcits.

  3. drrik says:

    Our country was never intended to be ruled by one party or any party. That is up to the states, where people had the freedom to elect people that would then be making the decisions that DIRECTLY affected the people that just voted on it. Power to the people and the people governing themselves. And you could move if you disagree. And the national government was to be restricted to a very liimited role that didn’t affect the lives of the people in their individual states (aka countries). Just 17 things to do and a document to hold them in check, lest they start assuming more and more power and control Because if it ok for the federal govenment to force you to do things (at gun point), then it is just as right for them to do it when the other party gets control and forces you to do things that you happen to strongly disagree with. And it’s not.

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