The Eclectic One

…Because labels are a poor substitute for thinking

Opposition vs. Naked Power Lust

Posted by Bill Nance on August 6, 2009

I’ve said repeatedly in the past that I bear no love for the Democratic Party. In my experience they’re gutless, often bereft of good ideas and have the moral courage of the average swindler. They STILL aren’t investigating the Bushies over torture. They STILL aren’t going after them for illegal wire-tapping, they cling to the completely refuted idea of gun-control as a legitimate means of crime control and they seem to have a great delight in controlling what I do with my own body, from smoking to eating transfats.

I’ve often agreed with the GOP in years gone by (notably NOT from 2001-2008).  Many so-called “conservative” ideals make a great deal of sense to me: The importance of free markets, the need for social order, the value of pragmatism in policy making and the ideal of a government no larger than it needs to be.

Of course I have plenty of disagreements with the GOP and always have had: I despise their open use and manipulation of fundamentalist religion in politics, their attempts to criminalize abortion and their insane “War on Drugs,” and I could expound on the list of demerits for both parties ad infinitum.

So like most Americans, I think I’m a political independent.

But over the last eight years, and in the last 8 months in particular, I’ve grown to hold the GOP in complete contempt. It’s not because I disagree with their policies, because in the last year they haven’t OFFERED any policies with to disagree.

No, the GOP has earned my hatred because it’s become entirely obvious that they have no interest in good governance or policy at all. Instead they have shown repeatedly that they are interested in one thing and one thing only: regaining political power no matter what the cost to the country.

Whether it’s debates about healthcare or the budget or the stimulus plan, the GOP hasn’t offered a single serious alternative. They haven’t even made an attempt to contribute serious alternative solutions to problems which anyone with the slightest bit of sense can see need fixing. All they’ve done for the last year has been to offer obstruction.  And all they’ve done for the last 8 months has been to do everything in their power to demonize the president, pander to crazies like the “Birthers” and sell blatant lies about proposals on healthcare reform while hoping for the worst for the country so they can get back into power.

You see, I don’t think the Democrats are likely to do a terrific job on the serious issues of the day without some outside input.  That’s where the idea of a “loyal” opposition comes in. President Obama has practically gotten on his knees and begged for serious participation from the GOP and has been utterly ignored for the most part.  So rather than have a serious input on the process, a moderating influence on the Dems ideas that might actually result in something good for the country, they’ve chosen to abdicate from the process and do all in their power to make any progress fail.

We can’t afford for these things to fail. And for someone elected to protect and defend the constitution, someone who is obligated to good governance to deliberately sabotage any possible progress, that’s not opposition at all. It’s power politics and to Hell with the welfare of the country.

There’s an old saying: “Lead, Follow or Get Out Of The Way.”  The GOP has decided to vote “none of the above.” And for that sin, may they they rot in Hell.


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