In the name of politics we sacrifice our principles and beliefs for partisan advantage and favor, claiming that compromise is the only way forward on any issue. The result is all too often a half measure that fails for the weakness negotiated. Health care without the single payer option is an example; setting up corporate abuse that will give the Republicans an excuse to try and kill the new law before it even takes effect. It’s just politics say the pundits, but people are dying and losing their homes for our failure to do the right thing the right way.
But now, in a new century and a major crisis, it’s time to quit the gamesmanship and deal with the realities of an election year. We cannot be distracted by the glib insults and snide slogans of political entertainers, whose whole stock in tirade is disrespect for any and all opponents to their fascist focus. If Limbaugh, Beck and Fox are the philosopher kings of the right wing, then the Tea Party and its wingnut choices for candidates are the bastard children of that strange inbreeding. They are either the harbinger of total collapse of the Republican party as a rational government option, or they are the new wave to wash up on our national shoreline, washing away any sandcastles of hope and progress in the rising tide of chaos.
Here in Nevada, and across the country, the intrusion of the truly delusional into the political process is embarrassing the GOP’s more reasonable members, who must now decide between patriotism and partisanship. Sharon Angle, and her compatriot ant-feminist neo-cons are visibly unprepared for political office, knowing less than nothing about most world issues America faces, and nothing but fantasies of domestic affairs. While Angle, O’Donnel, Whitman and the rest of them might not be stupid, they are remarkably ignorant and should be sent to re-education camps after the revolution.
Whether you like Obama’s policies and programs or not, he has some ideas and plans to try and save the nation from impending dissolution, and being the president he deserves his chance to try.
The lockstep legion of the GOP has devoted the last year and a half to blocking the democrats from any action to deal with the economic and governmental failures plaguing the nation. Better, they believe, to allow the collapse of government than to allow Democrats to claim credit if things can be saved.
Leaving aside any and all value and philosophical issues, Harry Reid is the most powerful senator in the majority party. He controls which programs and policies get heard and become law. Over the years he has brought Nevada multiple federal projects, from solar energy to Las Vegas downtown redevelopment, and if returned to office will continue to do so.
Should Angle win election she will be a back bencher freshmen senator with no clout or hope of gaining any power in the seniority system of the upper chamber. With our other senator a public disgrace for his ethics, of lack thereof, the last thing Nevada needs is another embarrassment in national office.
Politics is a great game, but it all just talk until the votes are counted.
“Travus T. Hipp” is a 40-year veteran radio commentator with six stations in California carrying his daily version of the news and opinions. “The Poor Hippy’s Paul Harvey,” Travus is a member of the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame, but unemployable in the Silver State due to his eclectic political views.