July 22, 2012
Is it over?
I am an optimist. I was born with the optimist's gene. I had parents who urged that we always chase the rainbow to look for the pot of gold; teachers who promised great things if we worked hard and kept our noses clean; wife and family that encouraged me to take on all comers. I ran against incumbent Robert Kasten for Senate; took on over-funded Tommy Thompson for governor. I even gave Herb Kohl a run. (OK, I agree--we didn't even make Kohl sweat, but we pushed hard.)
So why am I wringing my hands this morning? Because I fear that we are now in post-democracy America. I'm in a pickle. If I write that it is all over, I would be encouraging followers of Fighting Bob to give up and then, surely, I would be abandoning my friends on the left.
Ever hear of Carl Forti? Well, you will because he might well helpelect Mitt Romney and defeat Tammy Baldwin. Carl Forti: a low-profile Buffalo native who operates below the radar and coordinates his super PAC through his firm in Virginia. His Super PAC is American Crossroads. Make a note.
It is all about money. Not just enough money to run a good campaign but rather hundreds of millions of dollars. Today's New York Times: "At 40, Steering the Right's Vast Money Machine."
The story could knock the props right out from under the most entusiastic optimist. Buckle your seat belts folks. It will be one hell of a ride.
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Once the people wise up and see that they have been hoodwinked,then maybe there will be an uprising.
I just hope that we don't have to go thru another Great Depression before we get there.
-Michael Reinfeldt | Reedsburg WI | July 22, 2012
I doubt it's all about the money; in fact, I guarantee it. The GOP has always had more money than the Dems.
The problem is the two-party system that offers nutty Republicans and liberal Republicans. Seriously, when "Dems" start offering to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, you know it's time to kick em to the kerb. Clinton campaigned as a "New Democrat" which was code for being an "Eisenhower or Rockefeller Republican". Even Truman said people will always vote for the real Republicans (the nutty ones in this case).
So it's really no choice at the voting boooth.
So no, money isn't it.
Remember the French. Every few generations or so, they decide it's time for a new republic. We're at that point now.
-Mad Hemingway | Heart of Wisconsin | July 22, 2012