For long before I was born, poltics has always had an odd fluidity. One party has never held complete control for long. And despite our two party system, we have had much more divergence then that would suggest. The dichotomies between north and south in both parties. Likewise east and west. Rural and urban.
And somehow, we’ve made this odd system work. Often with many of the most experienced, and most sucessful, in our government being willing to cross the aisle. To not only realize, but to accept, that we live in a wildly diverse nation. And that, as is true in everything from academics, to business, to politics, to religions- there are good ideas and bad. And more to the point- often good ideas based on bad logic, and vice versa.
But since Obama took office we have seen a rapid, and alarming, rise of the extreme far right. And we have seen the republican party cower to them- as they lost numerous long standing and highly respected members to the onslaught.
Which brings to Mitt Romney. Who’ve if you’ve been paying attention, spent months fighting in an “anyone BUT Mitt primary”. A man whose history in politics, while definitely republican, is largely moderate. Who then bounced all over the place on the election trail- to the point where no same person could figure out where he actually stood on any issue. Who then chose a tea-party favorite, the Ayn Rand follower Paul Ryan for his VP.
So…if Romeny wins- just where will America stand? Will we be seeing the moderate Mitt- pro-business for sure but willing to work across the aisle on all issues? Will we see tea-party Mitt- pandering to a far right minority?
And what will this mean? What does this mean for the israel-palestine issue? Iran- and the potential for bombing nuclear facilities (essentially the equivalent of dropping a nuclear bomb). Global climate change? workers rights? Outsourcing? the millions of “illegals” raised in our country since their childhood and struggling to contribute and realize the american dream? The millions of americans struggling with the realities of the crimes of banks, investment companies, and morgtage companies affecting their homes, their savings, and their retirement. A womans access to birth control and abortions. hether we sill refoms and regulations to reign in the financial world in the publics interst, or whether it will be business as usual? Will the majority of americans see lower, or higher taxes? Will fracking continue to be exempted from the clean water act? And will states continue to be allowed to allow the fracking companies to hide the chemicals they use as “trade secrets”? As we continue to see record droughts, fires, and storms- will the federal government be there for the people of this nation? OR will we be left to our own devices?
This seems to me to be the first election where we have no real idea where a serious contender honestly stands on any important issue.
And if you are even thinking of voting for romney, whether you are a “reagan republican”, a bush jr republican, a charles grassley republican, a libertarian, a tea partier… you MUST ask yourself two questions:
1) what does Romeny actually stand for?
2) (the question the GOP asked themselves in 2008) with things this f***** up, are we better off having someone who can’t make a real difference, or praying the Dems will continue to flub it.