Listen up, Democrats! It’s past time to stop this “Oh woe, Oh woe, Oh thrice times woe” bullshit (thanks, Roger!) The Republicans cannot be handed a majority in the House of Representatives or the Senate in November, but it seems that is exactly what the lily-livered wusses of the Democratic Party plan to do! If you believe your party is destined to take a walloping in November, and if you keep wringing your hands and whining instead of doing something about it, then yeah … that is precisely what will happen! Check out Blake Hounshell’s latest column.
If, on the other hand, we get off our fat arses and get out there, make our voices heard, campaign like the life of the nation depends on it (because it does!), and make sure the names of the contenders in November are heard so loudly and so often that they are burned into people’s minds, then we stand a chance of keeping a democracy. In fact, we should stand a damn good chance of keeping the current majorities in both chambers of Congress, given that the Republican Party is so damn screwed up they can’t even keep their stories straight! A few examples:
- Margie Greene, a freshman House Representative from Georgia, played a role in the January 6th violent white nationalist insurrection and as such, should not be eligible to run for re-election in November. She testified at a hearing on Friday, and it seems that … ol’ Marge isn’t too bright, for her answer to everything was “I don’t remember” or some variation of that theme. For me, the kicker was when she was asked whether she urged President Donald Trump to impose martial law as a way to remain in power. Her response? “I don’t recall.” I really think something that damn important would not just … slip her mind. She’s a liar, just like Kevin McCarthy …
- House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, whose dream is to replace Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House after the mid-term elections, told people after the January 6th attempted coup/insurrection that Trump was responsible for what happened and should be held accountable. He went so far as to tell people that he was planning to ask Trump to step down, and he did some research to investigate whether Amendment 25 was an option for removing Trump. But then, when that was made public, he denied it … vehemently! But then, lo and behold, there was an irrefutable recording. Apparently, Trump Republicans are now saying that McCarthy will never be Speaker of the House.
- And then there’s Mark Meadows, who was once Trump’s Chief of Staff, and who, it was recently disclosed, was registered to vote in three states at once! And … who is it crying “voter fraud”??? But Meadows is in even deeper than that, for it was also recently discovered that he was warned that violence was part of the plan for the events of January 6th, and he … did nothing.
- It’s almost too easy these days to pick on U.S. House Representative Madison Cawthorn from North Carolina. He has been the subject of much consternation and many jokes as he claimed his colleagues invited him to a drug party, but the latest … well, a picture speaks louder than words, yes?
Cawthorn did not deny that the pictures were real, but referred offhandedly to them as “goofy vacation photos during a game on a cruise (taken waaay before I ran for Congress)”. Okaaaaaaayyyy, Maddy!
So look, Democrats … the Republican Party is truly a bloomin’ mess! I cannot think of many in the upper echelons of the party who have not lied repeatedly and worse yet, been caught in their lies. Yes, the maga crowd seems to still be rah-rah-rah-ing Trump and his boot-lickers, but I think the maga crowd is growing smaller in light of some of these more blatant transgressions, and some, at least, are beginning to realize that this sort of trickery is not the way to run a country. I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican, but I think I have more enthusiasm for Democrats to hold, or even increase their majority in both chambers of Congress in November! Where’s the spice, Democrats?
The only reason the pundits, even those who lean toward the left, are so pessimistic this year is that President Biden’s approval numbers are low. They are low, in large part, because of things happening that were out of his control, and in part because the press seems determined to highlight his mistakes and ignore his many successes. Historically, the midterms go in favour of whichever party does not sit in the Oval Office, and historically congressional elections will follow the approval ratings of the incumbent president. But history has its exceptions, and this year could well be one of those exceptions. We better work to make that happen!
President Biden is not perfect … he is human (which is much more than I can say for the former guy). Sure, he has made mistakes … every president who has ever served has made mistakes. But, Biden has done a heck of a lot of good that he gets far too little credit for in the press. They prefer to focus on the economy, but what they leave out is the fact that the U.S. economy is in no worse shape than any other western nation and the causes are global issues, not unique to the United States!
So, let’s put some energy into this campaign! Our friend rawgod suggested that the Democrats need a ‘fiery slogan’ … and maybe he’s right! Something that speaks of determination, of democracy, of PEOPLE over profit! Something that speaks to the average Joe, struggling to pay his bills and feed his family. Just think how effective the Trump campaign’s slogan of “Make America Great Again” was – and still is! MAGA is now synonymous with GOP!!!
And we need to start holding the press’ feet to the fire, calling them out on their lukewarm attitude toward the President, his Cabinet members, and Democrats in Congress. Put a bumper sticker on your car showing your support for your local candidates! Attend a rally or two by your preferred candidates if you can … show the world that the Democratic Party ain’t dead yet! Because my friends … if the Democratic Party is dead, then the very basis of the nation is dead, the U.S. Constitution will be shredded. If we leave the managing of the nation to the likes of Greene, Trump, McCarthy, Boebert, Cawthorn, Cruz, Vance, Oz and the like, then we can damn well kiss democracy, kiss the Constitution “good-bye”.