I’m not normally one to comment too loudly on politics, but I find myself agreeing very strongly with the recent comments Allan Bevere makes in his post about the recent Massachusetts election. In part, Allan writes:
The Democrats, however, misread what change really meant for the Independent. Perceiving that the rejection of the partisan right meant an embracing of the partisan left, they set out acting in the same extreme ways that got the Republicans in trouble. Independent voters wanted change, which meant not more of the same, which is exactly what they received in the form of huge deficit spending and health care legislation that smelled of backroom deals and special perks for some states while taking away those same perks from others.
I think Allan has very accurately expressed the views of a broad swath of Americans, regardless of party affiliation. Many of us don’t really care for the partisan politics. We don’t really trust either party. And we have come to realize that the best way to handle the shenanigans of either party is to immediately elect a counteracting balance of the opposite party into power.
In essence, how do you make the best of our sputtering American democracy? You borrow a page from democracy’s inventors, the Athenian Greeks, and you bog it down in a bureaucratic stalemate. You pit party against party and hope they’re so busy fighting each other that they can’t muster enough meaningful votes to do any real harm, because if either were to get their unhindered way, it would be unmitigated disaster for the rest of us.
While I don’t want to put words in his mouth, I suspect this is something of what Allan means when he speaks of a “bipartisan” health care plan. Even if not, it’s certainly what I’m hoping and praying for.
I suspect all of us want better health care than what we’ve currently got, but what keeps me up nights is the thought of what either the Democrats or the Republicans would cook up all by themselves if they had the opportunity. Of course, in my opinion, the same could be said of foreign policy, the war in Iraq, and the fight against terrorism.
So, if you’re strongly tied to either party (that means you, UMC!), please take the hint: We don’t want to join your political party. We don’t really trust you. And we will do whatever it takes to bog you down in petty minutia in the hopes of stalling out your agenda.
In the meantime, let us all hope and pray that sanity returns to our leaders and they actually start caring about the average human being and the common good again.
Okay, rant over. Now to return you to your regularly scheduled programming …