There is a place for idealism and a time for practical solutions. When idealism prevents practical solutions to current and future crises, it loses its entire value. The Tea Party is a case in point.
finds 57% of Americans advocate throwing all incumbents in Congress out
of office. The predictable response by Republicans and Democrats next
year will be: "If you vote our candidates out, the other party's
candidates will take over" and you don't want that". There is no
question that if half of Americans vote out their own incumbents and
elect a challenger instead, there will be some change in the numbers of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents elected to Congress.
That however, is not what is important. What IS important is that all politicians learn to respect the power of the VOTERS to make their voting decision based on whether Congress improves voter's lives or, continues to harm and threaten them. Voting out incumbents is a vote which disapproves of current results. Voting for incumbents is a vote for more of the same.
The U.S. Congress is charged with representing the interests of ALL Americans and their nation as a whole. These extremists sabotaging our nation are NOT representing America, or its national interests. Their actions are Anti-American. Al-Queda must be thrilled that these radicals are about accomplish what Al-Queda wished they could, bring the American economy to its knees.
The Republican Party is seriously crippled by its donor and social conservative base. Having failed to muster the will to embrace women's and minority issues was bad, and crippled Republicans in the recent election. However, the GOP's other leg is now evidently crippled by its donor base, (e.g. Koch Brothers and Sheldon Adelson). House majority leader Boehner evidenced this today with his statement indicating that allowing taxes to increase on the wealthiest is unacceptable.
It is time to itemize this growing list of the dumbest policy ideas floating in the political atmosphere. Hopefully, some who subscribe to these ideas will read this critique and restore their credibility by refusing to float these ideas any further.
The Tea Party will obstruct Obama's agenda. The 'Fiscal Cliff' and immigration reform will be top priorities for Pres. Obama. There is incentive for the GOP to resolve the Fiscal Cliff, however, getting any tax increases on the wealthy to pass the Tea Party and other Grover Norquist puppets, will be the challenge. Immigration reform may prove to be far easier, as the GOP must tap into the Latino vote to win in 2016.
Political parties, their candidates and incumbents, have no choice but to divide Americans into opposition camps for the purpose of garnering more votes for their camp than the other camp can muster. This does not, however, require Americans to divide against each other or their common and shared goals. If voters can remain united, while the politicians try to divide them, democracy will function as it was intended, as a check and balance by the people over its elected representatives.
The Republican Party has lost its integrity. All the money of the Koch Brothers and Sheldon Adelson, will not buy that integrity back. Integrity matters in democratic elections, and will make a difference in the November 2012 election.