I know that I can’t be the only person thinking this right now. Granted, the analogy might be a little extreme in that, one would certainly hope, that the Tea Partiers are not as much of extremists as the Nazi party. I am not calling the Tea Partiers Nazis, so you don’t need to direct any outrage toward me (although, I would say that some of those people’s recently revealed feelings on Islam are Nazi-like). What I am saying is that the weak, ineffectual Obama administration feels a little post-World War I Weimar Republic-like, and America seems too keen to follow that up with voting for some extremists based on outrage and anger rather than rationality and reason.
Consider the evidence – all across America, reasonable people are being voted out of office or are losing out in Republican primaries, precisely because they are reasonable. Mike Castle in Delaware is the latest example. In Delaware of all places! I am not talking about Montana or Alaska, people. Then, you have the Republican who won the primary for governor in New York (!!) claiming that his selling point for victory is that he is angry (claiming, for example, that he would “take a baseball bat to Albany.”). Look America, since when is it alright to do anything out of anger? Since when did we consider it a positive development that people threaten violence on others in order to rally the electorate (I am not even talking about violence against a foreign nation; I am talking about violence against fellow legislators)? I mean, I mocked Ben Quayle for doing it in Arizona, thinking that no one would actually vote for that sort of nonsense, but I was wrong there, and I have been wrong again. Nope, for these Tea Partiers of today, even Karl Rove isn’t hardcore enough.
The thing is, it isn’t just the Tea Partiers who are guilty, either. You have a reasonable, albeit unlikable, mayor in DC lose to a man who had absolutely no real agenda to speak of other than he wasn’t Mayor Fenty. The sad part is, the incumbents who managed to win their primaries are the corrupt, morally bankrupt ones like Charlie Rangel. Frankly, everyone should be ashamed of themselves, and after people spend five minutes in a corner thinking about what they did yesterday, then the entire country should get a do-over for yesterday.
Granted, many of the folks who won yesterday’s primary will not win in the general election, nonetheless, all of us should take a lesson from history and do something before we get what may be coming next. I am talking to you too, Obama administration. You need to do more than be in constant campaign mode. You need to actually do something good with the power that you have before you totally lose all credibility, and we have to turn our country over to complete fools.
Please, Mayor Bloomberg, I feel like you are the only one who can politically save us right now.