My friend D.R.â€™s reflections on the election has caused me to reflect on what the Dem â€œtakeoverâ€ means to me. My thoughts on the elections:
Pros: It means that Americans are tired of the corruption and abuse of power that has been rampant these past few years. That being said, Iâ€™m sure that the corruption and abuse of power by Republicans is not due to their being Republicans. Given the same chance, I think Dems would do the same thing. Sure, the Dem majority of the past did not have the same level of corruption, but I think itâ€™s because of a huge culture change in Washington.
It means that Americans are fed up with the Bush administration’s flat out lies and incompetence about the War in Iraq. We are tired of Rove and Bush playing on our fears. No one really believes that some politicians want us to lose in Iraq. Weâ€™re not that stupid.
It means that everything that Bush wants to do will not be rubber-stamped by a Republican Congress or lazy Dems who donâ€™t have the fortitude to stand up against torture and other abuses.
Maybe the poor will get help from the richest nation in the world. Maybe my parents will be able to afford their medication again. Maybe all children will have access to healthcare. Maybe some folks will be able to support themselves by working hard for 40-60 hours a week.
Maybe there will be less rhetoric about homosexuals and undocumented workers. Itâ€™s obvious that these issues were used to manipulate voters and have been very divisive.
Cons: Gas prices will rise again. Trust me. The only reason gas prices have been low is so that Republicans could take credit for it. Now that the Dems have won, the gas companies will screw us again. I will never forgive EXXON for what it did after Katrina.
The economy will suffer. Thereâ€™s now an excuse for corporations to lay off folks so that they can â€œmaintainâ€ their profitability and Iâ€™m sure they will. Letâ€™s be honest. Our â€œbooming economyâ€ hasnâ€™t helped the poor. There are more poor than ever and the richest Americans are now more wealthy.
The Dems wonâ€™t be able to solve all of the problems either. Pretty pessimistic I know, but they wonâ€™t fix the way our politicians use their offices for personal gain. Theyâ€™re just as greedy as Republicans, but they are a lot less hypocritical.
BTW–William Jefferson got 30% of the vote. This vote, and the fact that C Ray Nagin was re-elected causes me great sorrow. $90,000 in a refrigerator. Innocent until proven guilty? Come on.