Thursday, September 16, 2010

Liberals - Get Enthusiastic

     The primary election season is over, and experts are scratching their heads as to what the effect will be on November 2nd. Two months ago the Republican party had stood to gain many seats, possibly enough to gain control, in both the House and the Senate. However, with the nomination of Tea Party candidates in Nevada, Kentucky, Alaska, Colorado, Florida and Delaware, no one is sure how this shift to the very far right will affect the voters.
     Not all Republicans, including most of the party leaders, are enamored of the Palin/Limbaugh/Fox line – will those voters stay home on election day, or will they reluctantly decide to vote the party ticket regardless of who the candidate is?
     Meanwhile the Democrats believe that the further to the right the Republicans move, the better their own chances. I am not sure if that is true, but they have their own problem: so far their members appear unenthusiastic about the election. Will the apparent turmoil within the opposing party stir them to action on election day? If so, they stand a chance of retaining control of Congress; if not, their chances range between slim and none.
     What makes the outcome of the election difficult to predict is that no one knows how many Tea Party members there are. Polls indicate that 20% of Americans approve of the movement, but will that translate into votes? Pollsters know that in all elections there is a fairly large number of voters who do not decide how to cast their vote until they step into the booth.
     Personally I do not understand why any member of the working class would vote for a conservative. I can only attribute it to the fact that they have been swayed by the hype put out by the Republican Party.
     Call it “trickle down” or “supply side” or “voodoo” economics, it means that the non-rich wind up with whatever is left after the really rich have taken out whatever they want as their share. The haves don't create jobs, they create income for themselves. If you doubt it, call any customer service hot-line, and check out the accent. Is someone in the Far East doing a job that an American could do?
     Last month the Democrats had to agree to cut costs somewhere in the budget in order to get a few Republican votes for a bill which would prevent nationwide firing of schoolteachers and firefighters. Did Congress cut their own salaries and perks, non-essential military projects, or wall street bailouts? No, they cut $12 billion from the supplemental nutrition (food stamps) program. I rest my case.
     Democrats, Independents and other middle-of-the-road voters, get out there on November 2nd and vote.
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     Taken together these two principles brought order out of chaos. They refined the principle of classification — the capability of distinguishing between animal, vegetable and mineral, and between the various species. “Things” were classified according to their “natures” and “attributes.” It was the nature of fire to burn, smoke to rise and water to flow. Grass had the attribute of greenness, the sky had the attribute of blueness and rocks had the attribute of hardness. The subject/predicate structure of language was fixed.
     Constructs – The Spirit Runs Through It.

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