We are coming down to the finish line in the 2014 Mid-Term elections. All of the major media are predicting that the Republicans will gain control of the Senate and thus the Congress. This prediction is in the face of about 8 different elections still running neck-and-neck. But, the media is counting on the usual low turnout for mid-term elections as proof that Republicans will win this time. Historically, the higher the turnout the better Democrats do. The lower the turnout. the better Republicans do.
Many people usually look at the mid-terms as something that simply wastes time. There is no presidential election and therefore, they believe it won’t make much of a difference. That is totally wrong thinking. Especially in this mid-term election. Fact. Despite the usually low turn-out for mid-term elections, private conservative PACs are spending record amounts of money on this election. If they are so convinced that their candidate is the people’s choice, why so much money?
Since the Supreme Court handed down the Citizens United decision, our election process has become something that would normally carry a sign that says “for sale.” PACs don’t have to say where the money is coming from. Bribery apparently is legal now, witness the Norquist Pledge. The fact is that when a small group of people are able to purchase elections and control the winning candidates, we have lost our democracy. We have moved into an oligarchy.
Poor Mitt Romney is still living in his little fantasy world. According to poor Mitt, if the Republicans gain control of the Senate, gridlock will suddenly go away and “bills will get passed”. He even thinks that Immigration Reform will get passed. Apparently, poor Mitt hasn’t been listening to the Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Witty Mitch has already said that if the Republicans win the Senate, he plans on passing legislation that will surely be vetoed by the President.
The first piece of legislation he plans to pass is the total repeal of the Affordable Care Act. He doesn’t have any plan to replace it, he just hates it so much that he wants to repeal it. There are about 600,000 people in his own State of Kentucky that got insurance for the first time in their lives. Should McConnell get his wish, those 600,000 people will suddenly find themselves without health insurance again. But, witty Mitch doesn’t care about them. The Koch Brothers are against the ACA, so it must go.
Poor Mitt also apparently hasn’t kept touch with the in-fighting inside the Republican Party either. Does he really believe that the wonderful Canadian Senator Cruz has any intentions of actually governing? Does he really believe that should any “moderate” piece of legislation be introduced by a Republican Senate Cruz won’t be filibuster it? The Canadian Senator hasn’t shown any respect for the leadership of the party up to this point. Does poor Mitt really believe he will “buckle under” if the Republicans win?
Since President Obama was elected, there have been a host of bills passed by the Senate that has died in the House. He did manage to get the ACA passed in the first two years because the Democrats controlled the House. But since then, Immigration Reform, The Fair Wage Act, Jobs For Veterans act, Transportation and Infrastructure Bill, and a host of others have languished in the Republican House. And who was one of the biggest antagonists in the House? The de-facto Speaker of the House Senator Ted Cruz.
The Republicans led by Cruz caused the last government shutdown. Does poor Mitt really believe that the first order of business of Cruz won’t be to shut down the government again? All in the name of repealing the ACA? I can see it now. The Senate will pass a bill repealing the ACA. The House will support it and pass it as well. The President will veto the bill. Since the Republicans won’t have enough votes to override the veto, the bill will die.
The next step will be Canadian Senator Ted Cruz ramping up his fellow wacko right-wingers to fight anything like raising the debt ceiling or creating a budget. That will cause the government to shut down. Cruz will go on air and tell the country it is the President’s fault because he won’t sign the repeal legislation. He may even go so far as to say that once the President signs the bill, the government will be able to reopen. He is a master hostage taker, after all.
All the while, senior citizens needing their social security checks and their medicare bills paid will do without. Veterans will do without their medical and retirement benefits. For example, someone who relies on their social security check won’t get it. Retired veterans won’t get their pension checks either. Banks will start calling in loans like mortgages and the average American will suffer all the while Cruz and his Congressional cronies keep getting their checks.
But, you have to remember who is behind this scheme. Neither witty Mitch nor Canadian Cruz are smart enough to plan all of this by themselves. No, this is coming from places like the Koch Brothers, Karl Rove, and the Heritage Foundation. None of which really give a shit if seniors and veterans lose their homes or starve, for that matter.
Oh, I can see a lot of other wonderful pieces of legislation coming down the pike. You will most definitely see a Personhood Constitutional amendment simply to outlaw abortion. You will see a massive tax cut for the 1% and a raise to the rest of us. You will see a bill eliminating the Department of Environmental Protection. You will see a bill eliminating the Department of Education. You will see bills deregulating every form of business. You will see a bill eliminating the Minimum Wage. You will see all Consumer Protection Laws repealed. You will see a bill to build a “Berlin-type” wall at our southern border complete with gun turrets. I wouldn’t be shocked if you saw a bill declaring an Official Religion, needless to say it won’t be Islam.
All anyone had to do during this election cycle was to listen carefully to the ads that were produced by the Koch PACs, Citizens’ United and other Conservative PACs to hear all of these being proposed. They are nothing new. The Conservatives have been preaching them for years. So, don’t be surprised when they try to make them law. Is that what poor Mitt thinks is “governing?”
Finally, no one will be surprised when the “impeach Obama” cries are started. They don’t have any grounds to impeach anyone, much less the President, but that won’t stop them from trying. We will be faced with the most turbulent two years of “governing” in our history. That is what we face if the Republicans gain control of the Congress.
So, as you can see, it all comes down to turnout. Republicans have tried to artificially keep voter turnout low through their Voter Suppression laws. Now they are counting on you not to care enough to let them have power. Maybe the question is “would you rather live in a democracy or in an oligarchy?” If you think oligarchs like the Koch Brothers should run the country, that is what you will get. If you believe we need to keep living in a democracy, you will turn out to vote. It is that simple. Nothing but your future and your children’s future depends on it.