Tuesday, December 06, 2005
CAN AMERICAN DEMOCRACY SURVIVE
Daniel Schorr's commentary Sunday morning disturbed me a great deal. According to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, only 24% of Americans believe the Republican party represents their interests. Worse, only 26% of Americans believe that the Democratic party represents their interests. This means that virtually half of all Americans believe that nobody represents their interests. Schorr believes that unless something drastically changes, turnout for elections in November may reach historic lows.
I find this very disturbing for a couple of reasons. First, anytime you have an election with a turnout that low, you automatically leave the outcome to the most radical elements of society. If only the most ideologically motivated elements of society participate, it opens the door for radical policies that almost always end in restricting freedoms and concentrating power to the ruling elite.
It is especially disturbing that the Democrats aren't doing better. It's understandable why the Republicans are doing so poorly. An unpopular war, an economy and tax policy that favors the rich and marginalizes the working class, huge budget deficits, a scandal a day (and according to John McCain, we've haven't seen anything yet). Yet, the Democrats have been able to do little to take advantage the Republican's incompetence and corruption. They are viewed as having little better to offer, and if the war is unpopular, people remember precious few Dems voting against it. In many minds, it is a question of which is worse. A party whose leadership is incompetent, or a party whose leadership is non existent. Moderate Americans appear to be saying "a pox on both your houses."
McCain points out that the real tragedy of this situation is that the disillusion of young people is making it extremely difficult to attract vibrant, creative young people into politics. Again, this does not bode well for our future. In an interview on NPR's FRESH AIR this afternoon, McCain was extremely critical of Congress, and it's absolute failure of leadership. Not only on the budget, but on homeland security and ethics. He echoed the sentiments members of the 911 commission, who were also extremely critical of both the Administration and Congress for their utter failure of leadership in tackling Homeland Security issues.
Daniel Shorr's commentaries: ELEPHANTS, DONKEYS and the AMERICAN PEOPLE; WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO ETHICS ON THE HILL
John McCain interview: FRESH AIR
Did anyone hear Condi's comments on the administration and torture this morning? I wonder if the good fathers at her alma matter will allow her to take communion next time she returns here after telling those whoppers? Thing is, she gives every appearance of not believing her own words! I think if I were the Prez, I'd at least try to send out someone who was a convincing liar! I thought that's what he has Dick for. Although, I have seen a few things in the press that would lead one to believe that the Dick is in Dubya's doghouse. A little late to be pissed off about bad advice isn't it?
I have said for a long time until Democrats come together and come up with real solutions to the problems we face they stand no chance of taking back the power in Congress or the White House. I love Howard Deans passion but he has got to stop with the smear campaign and start getting focused on finding solutions and leading the party forward. We are mired down in this dirt slinging and it has to stop. Otherwise we all loose. But Dems are loosing more!
I find the lack of interest of young people disturbing too. As Jello Biafra said (in the early 90's) "One Nation of sedated tabloid robots who actually believe what they see on tv (even on MTV), but when asked what they think about it “I don’t care.”"
I'm so sick of the media talking about "voter apathy". It's not apathy. People are just sick of voting for the lesser of two evils. I vote to prove that I'm not apathetic, but I refuse to vote for someone I don't believe in. I'll write in someone or write in NONE OF THE ABOVE and place my vote.
Laura's suggestion is the ONLY way to solve the problem, but will the 2 major parties allow this to happen?
Alright GWB, get out the guillotine, I smell a revolution coming on!