Latest predictions show that the expected Republican wave, partially driven by the Tea Party movement, has given them a huge lower house victory over the Democratic party led by Barack Obama…and a number of important governorships.
The Democratic party was able to hold onto the senate…but only just. Incoming West Virginian senator Joe Manchin will likely play a big role being a conservative Democrat who may well vote with Republicans on a number of key issues. Obviously analysts are already questioning Obama’s ability to triangulate like Bill Clinton after the ’94 lower house loss to the Republicans…and questions have even been posed beforehand as to the long-term viability of Obama as Presidential candidate for 2012.
Barack Obama is a deep thinker & cautious man who cares more about preparing America in the long-term than worrying too much about short-term gain…rather than instant, easy answers. Consequently, a number of Democrat politicians have loss their seats who stood by the Obama administration’s policies that came under a bashing onslaught of propaganda from the likes of Fox News, Rush Limbaugh & the Sarah Palin, Jim DeMint-led Tea Party machine.
Predictably, independents began to desert the Democrats from the moment Wall Street was bailed out and those golden parachutes started opening…whilst smaller banks suffered, loans dried up, small businesses struggled…and home foreclosures started to look like a pox on the landscape. Generally, it was about “Jobs, bailouts, foreclosures, illegal immigration, low youth & high elderly turnout and media propaganda stupid!”
As for Obama’s more relaxed, long-term fix approach (somewhat impeded by “vote NO” Republicans, blue dog Democrats & somewhat justifiable perceptions of his economic team), this obviously goes against the trend in America where many people have become accustomed to a melding of fictional & real characters that have supposedly achieved instant fame & success. This is a country where instant gratification rules…a patchwork nation too oft reliant on quick delivery of products, fast & convenient food, 24 hour cable news & internet to cater to infotainment cravings , popping a pill & fad diets over real sacrifice for health reasons, flipping out the plastic to pay for desired goods regardless of debt accumulation, creating resource wars & conflicts without wide populace participation and appropriate endurance…and jumping from job to job and state to state if things get a wee bit too uncomfortable.
Knowing that there comes a certain amount of public guilt, confusion, delusion & need for redemption thru superstition with this type of rampant capitalist lifestyle , it’s easy for those interested in large profits for short-term investment & loyalty to invest their money in Republican candidates from all walks of life who represent military & work sacrifice, a purported love of the HE God, demonstrate a connection to the land by way of toil & ownership, talk up the positives of the nation regardless of how distorted or mythical they may be.
It’s about creating a Republican candidate that is a combination of the hardy frontiersman, pioneer, the visionary entrepreneur, the oldtime family values character, the long, suffering small businessman who overcomes all…the only hurdle…big government…intervening government…taxing government (memories stirred up of the Boston Tea Party…the fact that it led to a Constitution & Bill of Rights that initially did sweet fck all for anyone but male wealthy landowners is of little consequence in a country where TV, Monday night football, burgers & pizzas are valued more than a wide education).
Add the media fear-mongering to stir up the cynic & p/t conspiracy nut in most Americans (bred on Kennedy assassination & Watergate era films & literature…lately 9/11 conspiracy theories) and before you know it you’ve got yerself a Tea Party movement racing towards the White House carrying a number of dependable Republicans…who can be depended on to cater to lobby groups & corporate/dynastic interests.
Fortunately, the anti-corporate, anti-corruption & “We’re Latino, we’re here & we’re proud get used to it!” messages have also grown in sections of America…ensuring that tech CEOs Meg Whitman & Carly Fiorina were not able to buy their way into power. Whilst that tough, Italian American all-round good guy & corruption watchdog Andrew Cuomo won bigtime in New York.
And the good, sensible people of Delaware recognised that Tea Party favourite Christine O’Donnell was no Sarah Palin…but rather a wishy-washy, religious nutjob & celebrity wannabe. Ironic innit?
Unfortunately for Obama & the Democrats far too many people let the good news messages related to the student loan bill, better aspects of ObamaCare, gradually pulling out of Iraq, improved infrastructure such as roads, bridges & schools and so on go over their heads…instead opting to get fooled again. Some you can’t blame…with manufacturing becoming extinct & consequently well paid, secure jobs in their area…they were looking to blame someone, anyone. Incumbents particularly. Looking for more hope & change. Along comes the Tea Party. Reducing government debt is now the new easy answer.
But, it’s hard to see how those problems can be rectified by cutting funding to public servants & welfare recipients who may be some of the only people in a town & family that are bringing in the dosh to pay for the necessities. It’s hard to see how the very same Republican party that gave bankrupts due to health costs & the unemployed such a hard time whilst ensuring moneys flooded into wealthy corporate hands by way of tax cuts, rebates, wars, free trade agreements that led to flooding in of cheap & toxic goods & outsourcing, and by cutting back essential regulation, partially contributing to high oil prices and the GFC, are going to provide the answwers to America’s woes.
Rather, I see more political civil wars erupting as many Democrats solidify under the progressive banner…and Republicans cater to a pumped Tea Party movement led by Sarah Palin…and rarely the twain shall meet. And below the surface the Black voters sense of despair & frustration & feelings of being scapegoated & betrayed begins to bubble to the surface only to be exploited by the “usual suspect” media.
Whilst the likes of Marco Rubio, the new Republican sensation from Florida, is used to not only garner Latino votes for 2012…but to offset the Palin effect…because Rubio belongs to a family of Cuban exiles…and has no trouble telling people so…and being greeted on the victory podium by Jeb Bush & stating that God is no.1 over government…’cause we know how the Neo-Con ranks were filled with lovers of big oil & supposed God heads…and those with families that had fled communism in one way or another…and that family bias & trauma led to oft extreme & narrow views of Social Democracy that fit the Neo-CON agenda to the TEA. Particularly, when it comes to prosecuting their resource wars.
So, it seems the roadmap for the future will remain UNSUSTAINABLE for America if the backers of the various Republican winners get their way. Cap n’ trade looks likely to go the way of some bison. And I imagine anti-Americorp, anti-judeo-christian dominance, anti-military industrial machine terrorists & resistors will begin to ramp up their hate & actions whilst gaining ever-more recruits in the expectation that Obama will be driven further to the right of politics.
Whilst, the Republican-dominated House plays political games…resisted by many a Democratic senator terrified of losing in their more progressive areas where the benefits of Obama’s policies become more clearer by the day…as does the fear of a 2012 loss. And below the surface brews a civil war. With Obama reaching out to the new, and fairly sensible to date, Speaker of the House John Boehner…only to find that any positive relations and backroom handshakes & agreements are undermined by the FOX in the henhouse…and those shockjocks…and bigtime funders…who prefer to see a President impeached or blackmailed than live a Presidential 2nd term of integrity.
Who knows? Maybe the American majority will truly WAKE UP oneday…see thru the cons…learn to have the patience to wait for long-term plans to work? Perhaps the jobs will come. In time. And Obama will rise again. As people are not kicked out of their health funds due to pre-existing conditions…and they see the benefits of having their young adult children remaining on their health insurance packages…and older people realise that Medicare “donuts” have been filled so they pay less…and university study becomes more affordable…and that in fact Obama did have a vision…and even tho it seemed too much of a compromise…it still took one helluva fight to prosecute & implement it. And that there is more, plenty more to come…if given half a chance.
Perhaps Americans will start seeing Obama as a patriot…someone who gives a damn. And hopefully they will stop seeing him as a man possessed by communists & extremist Muslims.
But, as long as Rupert Murdoch, Roger Ailes, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity & Glen Beck rule the media roost, and the likes of the Koch bros, Bush family & other big “pro-resource wars”, “low corporate taxes” donors pull the strings of the Republicans…I doubt that hope will come to fruition.
America, a patchwork nation, living unsustainably…under corporate gods.