Many Republicans are still in shock over the November 7th
election defeat. Now that campaigning is over and the results are
in, we can take a good look at what happened and why, without
concern for how it may effect the feelings of voters on either side.
I was optimistic and assured everyone that Republicans would win in
spite of the media bias and polling, I was wrong. I didn't want
anyone to stay home and not vote because of being discouraged by the
media reports. In fact, I didn't believe them myself.
This year's election results are being seen as a total disaster
for our country by many conservatives, and in some ways they are,
but the news is not all bad, there is an up side too all this. The
fact is that voters did not vote so much for Democrats because of
their vision for America, they didn't have one. The votes were more
against the Republicans in Congress than for anything the Democrats
had to offer, the Dems won by default because there were no other
One thing this election did show was that the vast of majority of
Americans believe in conservative values. All across the
country, ballot measures were decided in favor of conservative
views. Even here in liberal California, with only one
exception, all of the ballot measures went to conservatives.
But on the elected officials, only one Republican won besides our
movie star governor who is actually a liberal Republican. The
ballot measures prove that Americans are by far, conservatives with
Several countries and organizations around the globe have come
out publicly to cheer the Democrat victory. Most notably are
Communist Venezuela, Iran, Al Qaeda, and socialist Germany. Islamic
Terrorists view it as a victory over the American enemy. We have yet
to hear from Communist China and North Korea, but isn't it
comforting to know that our new congress now has the "support of
foreign leaders", if I may quote a line from John Kerry's 2004
This was the first time in well over a decade that Democrat turn
out was higher than Republican turn out and overall turnout was
unusually high for a midterm election. Results show that there was
just over a 40% voter turnout with Democrats slightly higher than
Republicans. The margin of victory for most Democrat candidates was
just about equal to the difference in turnout. Had the turnout been
reversed, Republicans would still be in power. This is what I have
been trying to stress but not enough people got the word or not
enough people cared.
The media was a primary factor in this election by promoting left
propaganda and their criticism of Republicans. They swarmed on
Republican scandals like hungry vultures while ignoring Democrat
scandals. They avoided telling the truth about major issues such as
the leak of one, out of context, paragraph from the classified
National Intelligence Estimate. They jumped on every classified leak
they could get their hands on from Democrats with an agenda to steal
the election through illegal means. Now, with a Democrat controlled
Congress, will the media be equally as critical of them? Don't hold
Oh sure, there will be some criticism just to maintain the
appearance of balance, but for every article critical of Democrats
there will be 5 more articles in praise of Democrats or critical of
Republicans. You can count on the media to be working hard over the
next two years to keep Democrats in power and get a Democrat elected
to the Whitehouse. If they succeed it will not be because of
Democrat popularity but because of media propaganda and bias. It
will also be because of Republican failures to stand up in congress
and in public for the truth, conservative values, and show some
spine and commitment to conservatives.
There was a time in our not too distant past when the media
reported the "news" with an occasional opinion editorial which was
identified as such. That is no longer the case. Now the media has
taken to blending their opinions with the news and not identifying
it as such. It is unfair to those who disagree with them and so
unfair to the country, even dangerous. The media needs to be held to
the ethical standards they once were and not allowed to simply claim
"freedom of the press" every time they lie and mislead the citizens
of our country with illegally gotten excerpts from classified
documents and tainting the news with their opinions.
Politicians should be also held to the same standards of ethics.
But now the boss of at least one of the leakers, Jay Rockefeller,
will become chairman of the Intelligence Committee where he and his
staff will have unfettered access to all Senate intelligence
information and no one to stop them from leaking it to the press for
political gain at our country's expense. What effect will this have
on the 2008 election campaigns? And why has this Republican Congress
allowed these leaker to remain free of indictments?
If Republicans think they can pick up votes to get reelected by
appealing to the left and moderate Democrats, they are dead wrong
and this election has proved it. We elected Republicans to represent
conservative values, not compromise with liberals. They failed to
fight for us and our values. This defeat will serve as a wake-up
call to Republican leaders who will learn a lesson from this and
come back to their conservative base over the next two years. For
that we can be thankful.
Because of their defeat, the Republican Party will be making some
changes and becoming more responsive to their conservative base.
Their loss of conservative support has not gone unnoticed by the
party leaders who held a meeting immediately after the elections to
discuss this problem. They know they blew it with conservatives and
intend to take steps to regain their trust. This would never happen
if the status quo had been maintained. This is one good that will
come out of this defeat.
Another benefit of this is that Dems will now have to reveal who
they really are to the public if they intend to use their power to
impose their agenda on the country. The legislation that comes out
of Congress over the next two years will be a sample of what the
Democratic Party intends for the country. They will no longer be
able to say one thing and do another, then blame everything that's
wrong with Congress on the Republicans.
It will be sad to watch them wreck our economy by raising taxes,
cut funding for the war on terror, stop the funding for the missile
defense systems we need, stop us from using effective methods to
interrogate prisoners, interfere with intelligence gathering on al
Qaeda operations, cut funding for bunker busting bombs that will be
needed in Iran, and insist that terrorists in captivity be given
lawyers and treated as civilian criminals in a court of law with
full constitutional rights.
We were on the verge of getting energy legislation passed to
address our dependence on foreign oil. Now, there will be no more
nuclear power plants or exploration and development of domestic oil
resources. Democrats say we need to instead, develop alternative
energy sources such as solar and hydrogen. Well, we have been doing
that ever since Bush called for it and Congress appropriated funds
for it nearly 5 years ago, even though this research should be
funded by private enterprise and much of it is. It's going to take
much longer for it to become viable than we can afford to wait while
maintaining our dependence on OPEC.
That may be fine sometime down the road when a viable alternative
is discovered, but it does nothing to address our current energy
dependence on foreign countries who may not be our "friends" much
longer. And even when that does happen, we will still need large
resources of oil for applications that cannot use the alternatives.
Petroleum oil is used for a wide range of applications from home
heating, to lubrications, to solvents and paint products, to
plastics. The Dems will now continue their 30 year old embargo of
domestic oil production that caused us to be dependent on foreign
oil for the past 3 decades. Our energy policy will now take a big
step backwards and global warming crank cases will demand that we
reduce the use of private automobiles and will try to raise gas
taxes to enforce it. Social engineering will be the order of the day
while Democrats control congress.
Democrat legislation will attempt to appease our enemies, and
allow for unchecked illegal immigration and amnesty to illegal
aliens with the blessings of President Bush. The border fence will
never get funded and the flood of illegals into our country will
never be controlled and will only get worse. If you're tired of
pressing 1 for English now, just wait until you have to press 2 for
English. Republicans could have addressed and solved this problem
years ago but failed to do anything about it. Now it may be too late
and we will all pay the price.
The Democrat Congress will devote much time and resources to
investigations and hearings against Republicans on past issues
instead of looking toward the future, and they will try to impeach
President Bush on ideological grounds, not facts and law. By 2008
the American public will be sick of it, and Dems will not win the
Whitehouse and maybe not even hold the Congress when the public sees
what they've been up to. This should leave the door open to a
reformed Republican party in 2008 and if those reforms don't take
place, then perhaps a third party that shares our values.
Having said all that, I have to point out that although the
things I have mentioned are taken from the Democrats own comments,
statements, and voting records, some of the Democrat leaders also
realize that they very much need to appeal to the voters in 2008 and
that means presenting a plan and agenda that will have the support
of the American people. They cannot push their liberal agenda
through as long as a Republican in the Whitehouse has the veto pen
so they have to win in 08 before they can take full control of the
This conflict presents a huge problem for the Dems and has split
their party right down the middle. They have to put on a
conservative face to win the support of the voters, while they are
still beholding to the left wing socialist liberals who have bought
and paid for their election. They can't possibly satisfy both
interests at the same time, so we can expect a lot more of the kind
of legislation that we've been seeing. The kind of legislation that
looks pretty in the media but does little in reality to deal with
any real issue.
When all is said and done, the Dems will no longer be able to
blame their own failures and obstruction on "the Republican
Congress" as they have been doing. When they fail to live up to the
expectations of the people who voted for them, the failures will be
blamed on the Democrat controlled Congress and no longer on the
Republicans. Republicans will capitalized on this if they're smart
and win back the Congress.
Bush says he wants to work with the Dems. When did he not? He has
always been trying to go down the middle of the road and that has
been one of his problems. We hear him in press conferences now
saying "We're going to put our differences aside and work together".
Makes me feel like throwing up.
The President can veto legislation he doesn't like, but he cannot
force the Dems to bring legislation to the floor for funding of
important defense and other programs. The real question now is, will
President Bush learn to use that veto pen, or will he end up like
California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and just give in to the
Nancy Pelosi and all the Dem leaders are now saying "we need to
work together and in a nonpartisan way." Where were they when
Republicans were saying that? They opposed everything Republicans
tried to do, then blamed the Republicans for not getting it done.
Now that Dems are in power, they expect Republicans to just fall in
line and support everything they want? I say "what goes around,
comes around", but will that happen in Congress? Probably not.
Now, more than ever, the Republicans still left in congress need
to stand up and fight as though their lives depended on it because
their political lives do. Appeasing the Democrats, as they have been
doing, is only going to get more of them tossed out in 08. I'm sick
of hearing Democrats saying Republicans need to reach across the
isle and work with the Democrats when they have always been doing
just that, but the Demos have refused to do the same.
Compromise with the Dems took Republicans away from their
conservative values. In their attempt to reach out to the left they
have abandoned their conservative base and left them without
representation in Congress. When you try to go down the middle of
the road, you end up going to two directions at the same time and
get run over, you get nowhere.
And that is what we have been getting from Congress over the past
few years, it simply doesn't work. President Bush has failed
miserably to invoke his veto on anything the Congress has put forth
and allowed blatant violations of conservative principles such as
smaller government and reduced federal spending.
Instead, bureaucracy has increased and efficiency has been
smothered by legislation such as the creation of the Homeland
Security Department which grew way beyond what was actually needed.
Now they intend to impose ALL of the 911 Commission recommendations,
some of which are technically impossible, while others are fiscally
absurd and impractical.
Republicans got Defense right with the exception of border
control, but had to stroke and squeeze the Democrats to get what
they did. They got the economy right but I suspect excessive federal
spending had a lot to do with that, in addition to the tax cuts
which the Democrats now intend to repeal or allow to expire. There
would be no expiration on them had Republicans not given in to the
Dems on that issue. They probably though they would still be in
power when the expiration date came around, surprise! They gave the
Democrats a tool to raise taxes and now they're going to use it.
We need no better example of Congressional failures than the
immigration reform fiasco. On that issue, the House stood up for
conservative American values but the President and the Senate
rejected the overwhelming will of the people. We told Congress we
wanted our country cleaned up of illegal aliens, and American values
and culture restored to the country. But Democrats and a number of
Senate Republicans were more concerned with loosing a few Latino
votes, and that was more important to them than preserving America.
Just look at what happened with Social Security reform,
immigration reform, election reform, and out of control government
spending and pork barrel waste. That is not the way conservatives
legislate. Congressional Republicans betrayed and deserted their
conservative base and as a result, the conservative base did not
support them. How long have I been saying this? That Congressional
Republicans are not representing conservatives. A long time, and now
they have paid the price and so will we.
Unfortunately, there are too many uninformed voters who can't
tell the good guys from the bad guys and they tossed out the wrong
people. People like Rick Santorum, George Allen, and J. D. Hayworth,
the very Senators and Representatives who were fighting for
conservative interests and the American people. The only thing the
voters did right was to dump Lincoln Chaffee, but they left the
other liberal members of the "gang of 14" in place so far. Now
Chaffee says he plans to change parties and join the Democrats. He's
obviously nothing but a political opportunist without principles and
we don't want him in the Republican party.
They tell us this election was a referendum on the war in Iraq. I
suppose that makes a lot of liberal antiwar Democrats happy, but
that's not the way I see it. No matter how the media interprets the
opinion polls, they still show that a majority of the country
supports our troops and their mission. A distinct minority think we
should pull out of Iraq. If this was about Iraq, then how did Joe
Lieberman get reelected in a liberal state on an independent ticket
when he is one of the war's strongest supporters?
But no one is happy with the way the war has been conducted since
the "Iraqi Freedom" mission was accomplished and Saddam Hussein was
captured. The left constantly complains about deaths while the right
believes we should be much more aggressive in killing the enemy and
less concerned with political correctness and sparing the lives of
questionable "civilians". We are not happy with the way the war is
going, but we're not willing to pull the rug out from under our
troops and "cut and run" either, so the war in Iraq is really not
the major issue, at least not for Republicans and Independents.
The major issue, as I see it, is the failure of the Republican
Congress to represent Republicans and stand up to the Democrats for
our values. We just got sick and tired of them always watering down
legislation to satisfy the left and ending up with nothing but a
puddle of water and presenting it as useful legislation, while every
point had an equal and opposite counterpoint included in the
legislation by the left.
If Democrats didn't like what the Republicans proposed, then our
Republican Senators and Congressmen should have fought for it and
voted the Dems down instead of always compromising with them just to
make them happy. That is where they failed us, so with that kind of
representation, what good were they, and what good was having a
Republican majority? Most of the legislation that passed turned out
favoring Democrats or it didn't get passed. And still the Dems
complained that Republicans would not share the power with them.
That's just a bunch of crap.
Republican and Independent voters didn't want to vote for
Democrats, but they didn't want to vote for linguini spined,
compromising Republicans either so they didn't vote at all, or voted
for Democrats who were running as conservatives and some of them ran
even to the right of the Republican "do nothing" incumbent.
Now, if you listen to Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and other
Democrat leaders talk about their plans, it turns out that much of
it is exactly what Republicans tried to get passed in Congress but
was opposed by the Democrats. They plan to capitalize on every issue
such as corruption, spending, border security, and big government,
that turned conservatives away from their elected Republican
officials. Suddenly, Nancy Pelosi is a conservative?
The rest of it is about investigations, indictments, and
impeachment proving once again that Democrats have no new plans and
no original ideas beyond what they have been doing, and what they
can steal from the Republicans.
There should be a "competency test" for voters. Voting today is
little more than the luck of the draw with so many people voting who
have no idea who or what they are voting for. This is another result
of failed legislation by the Republican Congress when they passed
the McCain-Feingold Campaign Reform Act, and the President signed
The purpose was to "make voter registration and voting easy",
yeah, too easy. Campaign workers now go out and dig up anyone they
can to register to vote, some were dug up from even 6 feet under the
ground. Then they tell them who to vote for and drag them to the
polls through bribery or intimidation and on occasions, using
someone else’s name which poling place workers are not required to
verify through proper identification.
And as a side benefit of this piece of junk legislation, we now
have rampant voter fraud and negative campaign ads smearing
candidates and our intelligence every election cycle. The very
credibility of our election process is now in question.
The Campaign Reform Act places limits on how much money a
candidate can spend on campaigning. But there is much more money
available and being donated than the law allows the candidate to us.
So instead of that money going to campaign funds to promote the
candidate (which would now be illegal) it goes to smear his opponent
through 527 political action groups which the law fails to address.
And what has the Republican Congress done to address this problem
and fix it? Nothing!
Republicans had the backing and support of President Bush for
Social Security Reform, but what happened to that? The Democrats
said "no" and the Republicans just said "okay" and dropped the whole
issue. They didn't have the backbone to stand up and fight for it,
or for anything a little bit controversial that might effect their
reelection. Better just to sit down and hope the Republican voters
don't notice. Well, we did notice and we didn't like it.
This is no job for regular army politicians. This is a job for
the political special forces, and anyone who intends to run in 2008
better be sure they have what it takes to fight and win in Congress.
Is it really any wonder that the country is fed up with this
Republican controlled Congress? They wouldn't listen to their
conservative base, but now they're going to have to if they ever
want to see another Republican majority again. And next time, they
damn well better act like patriotic conservative Republicans with a
spine, or don't bother even getting into the race.