The Republican Party has gotten its wish, and for the past year has controlled both Congress and the White House. As a result, we’ve been experiencing what happens when they do, and it has been worse than we imagined. For someone like me who has lived through several Republican administrations, the decline in the Republican Party is rather obvious. But even more, what this past year has proven to me is that what was once “just my opinion,” has been proven to be the reality. So what have I learned?
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There was a Republican candidate who touted his business success as a qualification for office. During the campaign, a number of unflattering facts came out about his past, and his reaction was to attack the press for it. He made quite a number of outrageous statements, rude suggestions, and frequently issued threats. That he was actually the Republican Party’s candidate was a source of astonishment not only to Democrats, but a large number of establishment Republicans. Am I talking about Donald Trump? No, that was back in 2010, when the candidate for governor here in NY was Carl Paladino. Donald Trump was him 6 years later, on the national stage, and it’s no surprise that Paladino was one of biggest supporters here in New York.
As this year’s seemingly interminable primary season drags on, and we’ve yet to hit election season, I’ve come to realize how spoiled I was by 2012. That year, everyone knew who the Democratic candidate was going to be (frustrati stupidity aside), and we all got to sit back in stunned disbelief at what the Republicans were doing. This year showed that both parties nomination process is messy, and that the media gets things wrong more than ever. So here are some things I’d like to see in the future.
Over on Salon, there’s an opinion column by a self-described “leftist feminist” who spends a lot of words justifying her “principled stand” for not voting. Seriously? It’s all the same garbage I’ve ever heard from every so-called leftist who thinks that not voting sends a message, and that will lead to changes and conversations. Why is it garbage? As I’ve said often here, if you don’t vote, you don’t matter. No politician or political party will care about your principles, no one will be “starting a conversation” with you. You have removed yourself from any conversations. It’s only by voting that you get to do all that. But in reading through numerous screeds over the past few years touting making a “principled stand” by not voting, I notice that they’re taking certain things for granted. They shouldn’t.
Back in my IT days, one of the banes of my existence was “the friend who knows something about computers.” Hearing that phrase meant that I was in for a long, involved effort to repair not just the original problem, which would have been a quick fix, but to repair what the helpful friend had done. I’ve run into it in other fields, and it is often put as “They know just enough to be dangerous, but not enough to know what they’re doing.” What would cause me to think back to that? Over the past few weeks, I’ve been running into a lot of the more rabid Bernie Sanders supporters, and what has stood out in those encounters is that they don’t understand government. In particular, they don’t understand the government this country operates under.