You know the more you read and observe about this Politics thing, you got to admit that each party is worse than the other. The one that’s out always looks the best. – December 31, 1922 - Will Rogers
In some ways not much has changed since Will’s day. For the most part the polls always seem to indicate that the party out of power has the lead in the early stages of most elections. They say that is true because we Americans don’t really start to consider who we want in our government until at least September of an election year.
But I must agree with the other part of this quote that each party is worse than the other. I had hopes that when Obama as campaigning in 2008 that it would be different this time. That there was finally someone seeking the Oval office who was as compassionate for the least of these as I was. I must admit that I am somewhat disappointed in President Obama’s actions since then. But I can’t place all the blame, and maybe not even the majority of it on him. I never anticipated the mean-spiritedness of our country in the last four years. Could any person have overcome that? I don’t know.
But I do know I expected more from Mr. Obama than he has been able to deliver. He had a change to bring us up to the rest of the world with universal healthcare but he backed away from that much to early in the process. He had a chance to put our tax structure back to requiring those who are the most fortunate among us to pitch in a little more and he broke down and allowed the rich to keep their tax breaks that Mr. Bush lavishly gave them.
So, yes I am beginning to admit that each party seems to be worse than the other but I am not going to go that one step further and say that the one that is current out looks the best. The current out party could be more accurately labeled the do-nothing party. I can’t imagine our country if those yahoos actually get the reigns of government for another eight years as they did in the Bush administration. They almost brought the country down with their de-regulation schemes then so what could they damage this time around?
In my mind there is only one alternative and that is to keep the do-nothings out of power and hope that things might actually change in our poisonous environment in the next four years. Maybe then someone else can step up and actually make the changes I think are necessary to make us a compassionate nation.
But what do I know…..