Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Where have all the Good Guys gone?



Does anyone remember these two guys?  That's President Ronald Reagan on the right (naturally) and House Speaker Tip O'Neal on the left (both literally and figuratively).  

Mr. Conservative and Mr. Liberal they were.  They had sharply different political philosophies, visions for the future, and constituencies, yet they also had respect for each other.  When one had the opportunity to completely crush the other, to politically destroy the other, he didn't do it.  They realized they needed each other.  

Sometimes Tip had to swallow hard and give in to something Reagan wanted, and sometimes their roles were reversed.  They both knew they couldn't just dump on a large part of the American population in order to get their way.  That would be what is called "winning the battle, but losing the war"....a long-term bad thing for the country, and they knew it.

Contrast them to the "leaders" (more like "hired guns") that we have today.  Reid, Pelosi, McConnell, Ryan, Clinton, and lets not forget the Tea Party faction led by Ted Cruz....they would rather eat s__t than give an inch to the other.  The Republicans, for example, recently agreed to a budget deal only because elections are upcoming and they knew polls showed the public held them responsible for past government shutdowns that harmed millions of people.  It was self-preservation, pure and simple.

They gave in not for the good of the country, but for their own political gain.  And under similar circumstances the Democrats would do the same.  They care about themselves, and no one else.  You and I are just pawns to them.

Bernie Sanders is saying a political revolution is coming, and he may be right.  I'm wondering if it will be limited to just being "political"?  Think about that.

S


12 comments:

  1. True! I always wonder whether the people demanding that we not sit down and talk and discuss things with the other side - trying to find a way to work with others - have ever actually dealt with, you know, people. In real life.

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    1. These days we only seem to want to read, watch, and associate with ideas that agree with what we're already thinking. Minds are closed, independent thinking is a dinosaur, and face-to-face dealings have been largely replace with texts and emails. This is why we're in trouble!

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  2. I hate the way current political parties demonize the opposition. We need both parties to work together and compromise to get things done.

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    1. Typical liberal crap Stephen, talking about working together and compromise...oh wait, that is a good thing.

      Sorry, just a conservative knee jerk reaction.

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  3. So the question today (other than how can we possibly be 'exporting democracy' to anyone, is whether a coin toss is preferable to hanging chads.

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  4. Check with Newt Gingrich, he started it. The tea party and the loony offshoots have been in the works for a long time. The populist movement of the 19th cent was just a whacko, they just didn't catch on.

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  5. With all the Fox "News," Rush Limbaugh, social media junk it's hard for anyone to be neutral anymore. This country wouldn't have lasted a year if things in the 18th Century were like they were now. And electing Ted "Operation Shutdown" Cruz president would only make it a lot worse.

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  6. It has gotten so bad that sometimes I wonder how people in a marriage where one is a Democrat and one is a Republican make it work. Do they just never talk politics? Hehehe.

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  7. Bernie Sanders is a jackass. But, just to calm you down a bit, so is Ted Cruz.

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    1. Now Bruce, I think you've gotten a little too close to the Kool Aid pitcher. Like many, you seem to have latched on to a candidate, then see that candidate through rose colored glasses. They can do no wrong, and then you begin to demonize all opposition. IMO, Bernie Sanders offers more transparency and openness than all the others put together. And his method of funding makes him virtually incorruptible. I personally admire him more than any other candidate.

      Now, having said that, his political philosophy is laughable. There is absolutely NO WAY he or anyone else will ever get the agenda he supports into law. There are too many well funded, powerful special interests on the other side of all those issues. There will be no free college, no universal healthcare, and the banks will not be broken up.

      Call him a dreamer, call him naive, but he is not a jackass.

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    2. You have made my point. Isn't a guy who pursues un-achievable goals a jackass? Even he must know they are not achievable. So he is trying to fool the American public into choosing him.

      So, okay. I won't call him a jackass anymore. I'll call him Don Quixote.

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    3. I'll agree Don Quixote (well intentioned yet naive) is completely appropriate. Jackass seems derogatory. :)

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