Opinions: The modern politics of extreme frowns
People who frown a lot make me nervous and give me gas. Particularly disconcerting is the fact that both Democrats and Republicans seem to be frowning a lot. Both parties have been hijacked by their extreme fringes. Today’s political reality is that the candidates must cater to the extreme wings in order to be nominated by their respective parties. Moderates simply do not turn out to vote as often as their more zealous members do, which usually results in ideologically inflexible candidates. Compromise, which is vital to good governance, then becomes problematic.
The members of the “commie pinko leftist” wing of the Democratic Party are now sporting new frowns. If we are to overcome the challenge of our outrageous debt, which – make no mistake about it - is an existential threat to the United States of America, then we must cut entitlements like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Cuts to these programs will not be enough. We must also cut other sacred cows that the Democrats hold dear, like education and health care.
Additionally, the standard-bearer of the Democratic Party has proven to be a bit of an idiot. President Obama, upon his election, chose to ignore the economic disaster that naturally resulted from the policies of Dubya’s presidency, in order to create his grand legacy, health care reform. Rather than using his political capital to address our economic problems, the President chose to blame Bush while pushing forth his desire to reform our health care programs. Sure, health care is important, but having a decent job and providing for our families is much more important.
The President has also been particularly obtuse in our energy sector. He has pandered to his green energy base and ignored the job creating technological advances that have resulted in increased oil and gas production. For example, in 1944, the US had 20 billion barrels of proven reserves of oil. Since 1944, the US has produced 144 billion barrels of oil – and proven reserves remain a little over 20 billion barrels.
Oil industry authorities say that we now have 1.4 trillion barrels of recoverable oil, which is more oil than Saudi Arabia. This enormous reserve of oil is now available because of the staggering technological advances made by the oil industry.
On the other hand, the Republicans may have even more to frown about. They have allowed the radical right to capture the Party, placing ideology above pragmatism. Ideological purity alone will not reduce the national debt by simply cutting spending. We must increase revenues, which the radical tea party types that currently control the Republican Party will not even consider. More worrisome is the fact that the Grover Norquist tea party types want to annihilate the powers of the federal government to levy taxes of any sort.
Furthermore, right wing Republicans seem to hate Obama so badly than they can’t even gaze upon his countenance without frothing at the mouth. I think the sight of the President makes the right wing of the Grand Old Party go completely stark raving mad. It is truly a wonder to watch.
Republican frowns deepen when they ponder what might have been. If they had been able to put forth a true conservative to run against Obama it is probable that a Republican would be inhabiting the White House early next year. The President is vulnerable and can be beaten by the right candidate. Unfortunately, Mitt is not a conservative and not the right candidate, regardless of his claims to the contrary. Pollsters claim that Mitt will not beat the President unless something dramatic and unforeseen happens this summer or early fall.
The only people who aren’t frowning are the libertarians, bless their hearts, who just seem befuddled. Their man, the honorable Ron Paul, has disappeared. Elvis has left the building.
The unfortunate reality is there is little need for frowning. If people would use common sense, and be willing to compromise, we could reduce our national debt and place this wonderful country back onto the pathway to future prosperity.
Right now, all we have is a bunch of hot air and gas – and frowns.