Well, Election 2014 is over. As most pundits and pollsters predicted, the GOP swept to huge victories in most contests.
So, I think it is time to start thinking about the “why” factor, and what this will mean going into the start of the 2016 campaigns (which, amazingly seem to have started Wednesday morning).
The first thing I think we need to do, as a nation, is insist that the press stop focusing on the next election before the primaries have started. We need time to decompress. Medical doctors tell us that stress is a component in nearly every preventable illness in the USA, and keeping us so focused on campaigns and front-runners and what-comes-next does not decrease that stress. Just look at the before-and-after pics of the major candidates of the last 4 presidential elections. Forget the stress of being president – the campaign will kill you. And non-stop campaigns run by the press are killing all of us.
The second thing to look at is issues. Yes, the GOP came out way ahead, but why? I think it was because of two issues that POTUS Obama just wouldn’t let go of, despite the fact that every time he opened his mouth about either of them, he lost a percentage point in the opinion polls. Those two issues? Gun Control and Amnesty. The fact that every candidate who won was running against the president on those two issues indicates that if Obama tries to move forward with plans to use Executive Orders to bypass congress on either issue during the lame-duck session, he’s going to totally sink the Democratic Party in the 2016 election. Jesus Christ himself couldn’t get elected as a Democrat in 2016 if Obama does what he’s said he will do. There won’t be anything left for Democrats to rally around, and the GOP will be fighting mad.
Well, those are my initial thoughts. I still think the best thing we could do for the future of the country would be to amend the voting laws so that any election that does not see at least a 65% participation of the eligible voters is invalid. There is one reason for this. Over the last 50 years, the elected representatives have been getting elected by smaller and smaller shares of the electorate, and most of the campaigns are focused on what is wrong with the other guy. Let’s make not voting actually mean something – that you refuse to support a bad choice, or a candidate who won’t tell you where s/he stands on critical issues. Let’s force the parties to step up their game, and put higher quality candidates on the ballot, and then use the ballots to hold the candidates accountable for their voting records. Let’s put “We The People” back in control of the government.
Let me close with a quote:
“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.
“For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist.
“A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.” — Cicero 106-46 B.C.E.