Minnesota Farmer

Political balance
January 20, 2010, 1:00 am
Filed under: Politicians, Politics, Vote

The election in Massachusetts confirms my belief in the independent voter.  For months now we have been hearing about how Massachusetts is a Democratic state.  Then what happens?  They fill the “Kennedy” seat with a Republican.  Interesting!  Why didn’t we see this coming?

We should have.  It’s a fact that every president loses seats from his party during his tenure, should Obama be any different.  Some presidents lose more seats and some lose less.  The American people like balance.  They believe in balance.  When ever one party gets too big for it’s britches the people pull the plug on them.  It’s just that the Democrats didn’t expect it to come this soon.

The Democrats have been behaving badly.  They have decided that the people have given them the right to do what ever they want.  I’m sure that they could write good and useful bills if they wanted to, but they have not.

Consider Obama Care.  It is a 3000+ page bill to give every American health care, unless you are from a favored Democratic district.  The Democrats could not even get their own people to go along with it unless they were bought off with favors.  To get the votes they needed they had to buy the votes of their own party by giving some states exemptions.  That tells you how good the bill is.

It happens all the time.  The American people do not trust the politicians that others send to D.C.  They like their own representatives.  But not the ones from other districts.  They seem to have good reason.

There have been very few “good” laws to come out of any government for a very long time.  The sausage making process that is modern politics is not pretty.  It involves favors and the trading of votes.  The process is at its worst when one party feels it has a mandate.

The problem is that modern politicians are too busy getting reelected to do the right thing.  They have to be able to tell their people that they voted their way.  The problem is that one persons yes is another persons no, and a third persons maybe.  One persons “special interest” is another persons “right” or “need.”

How do we solve it?  I don’t know.  Perhaps the best way is to keep politicians guessing.  A district that becomes too safe for one party will eventually shift around just to keep politicians on their toes.  The American people seem to be very good at that.

I’ve heard it said that government is the art of serving the people, and politics is the art of consolidating power.  The two come together, but not very often.  When the American people decide that their representative is too interested in consolidating power, they replace him.  It sure keeps politics interesting.



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