Wednesday, March 5, 2008

My Greatest Political Fear

On the day following the big primaries in Texas and Ohio, my greatest political fear is that the Democrats will self destruct. Clinton in her stubborn quest to be president, will drag the race out until there has been so much sniping and mudslinging on both sides, that the current enthusiasm shown by voters will die an unfortunate death. John McCain will be left to enjoy the spoils of the Democrats stupid bickering and the United States will suffer through four or eight more years of backward Republican rule.

McCain, for all his talk about the environment and his past stands on issues related to abortion, stem cell research, etc., and his "independence," would be forced by the heavy handed extremists in the Republican party, to embrace their "ideals." We would be back under the "Bush Conservatism" and the country would continue to fall into Bush's abyss of extremism toward our citizens and our adversaries around the world. The economy is already a mess, so there isn't much he can hurt there. He has already said he knows little about the economy, and he has embraced the old Reagan era economic conservatives, who know only to cut the taxes of the rich, so that prosperity will "trickle down" to the rest of us. Health care costs, trade issues, the "war" in Iraq, etc are in danger of bringing us down, and I see McCain doing little to solve them.

One can only hope that the Bush endorsement will be the kiss of death for McCain's campaign. Unfortunately, there is still a large contingent of voters who worship the ground Bush walks on, and will do anything he says to do. There are many other voters who will allow themselves to be led like lambs to the slaughter, and he has certainly done that over the past seven years.

I will keep my faith in the voters for one more election. Hopefully, this time, they will do the right thing and take us away from this inclination toward losing our civil liberties, unprovoked agression toward other countries, a refusal to negotiate with those who are hostile toward us, giving tax cuts to the rich, and total disregard for the middle and lower classes.

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