Democrats, prepare for the long road ahead

Democrats, prepare for the long road ahead

Graham C Wheat, Contributing Editor


It seems like more than a trend in this country, but rather a basic instinct of the American voter.

Turning over control of the government every two years to the other party seems like just a normal thing to do.

This instinct is manufactured, and a detriment to the country every time it happens.

The latest election has, once again, enacted a power shift in the House of Representatives and the Senate to republican control; if you thought Congress’ approval rating couldn’t get any lower, be prepared for a shock.

For the last few years we have had the least productive government in history. This shift in power every couple of years is part of that larger epidemic that is sweeping the country.

Our politicians have voters so polarized by creating artificial reasons to find the opposite party in contempt of whatever duties they had promised to perform.

While the commander in chief has far from a perfect track record, the people who are meant to speak for the common voter are turning in an even worse scorecard.

The Republican Party is the largest contributor to this stalling of the gears in government. They have actively derided any legislation proposed by the Democratic Party to great ends; whether you love or hate Obamacare, you know how the republicans feel about it. Those of you who are tired of hearing about it will have to find cover; it will be a huge point for the next two and a half years.

Indeed, the prospective future for the House and Senate looks grim.

Examine who the GOP has placed in power over the Senate. Mitch McConnell is a career politician who knows how to play the game of politics and will do anything to stay in those positions of power.

His political career, of which is the only type of career he has ever had, started in the South calling for republicans to take an active role in the civil rights movement. Since the GOP has become a shadow of their altruistic self, McConnell now falls in line with anti-abortion promoters to keep in a place of great influence. Perhaps his greatest shift in sensibilities is his acceptance of corporations. Once a defender of smaller government and the workingman, he now takes his priorities in queue for the Keystone XL pipeline. And let’s face it, who wants a quasi-Muppet man as their decision maker?

To be sure, there will be bills and legislation enacted. Very few, but there will be vehement senators and congressmen speaking aloud on the house floor for republican issues. If you’re any of the quintessential minorities, it’s going to be a long two years. If you’re a woman who lives in Texas and doesn’t care for the prescription of republican oppression, please move now.

All we can hope is that this round of republican control of the country leaves a sour taste in everyone’s mouth; that way we don’t vote for someone like Ted Cruz or Mike Huckabee as president in 2016.