As I was browsing through some of my normal morning reading, I came across two articles that piqued my interest. One is short and the other is long and both speak about different topics, but they both finish up by asking the same question, albeit in different ways. What if the Republicans win big in November and beyond? What happens then?
The first of those articles comes from John at The Current, in which he asks if our government has the consent of the governed. All of the article is well worth reading, but the last paragraph really stuck out to me.
So this November we have a few options. The first is slowing our slide to bankruptcy by removing those in power who have supported this stormy climate of out of control spending and government expansion. This will not be a quick fix, but it does buy us time. The people are correct when they say the problems in Washington are rooted deep. I believe it will take four to six elections cycles to get a majority of constitutionally minded people in office both on the national and state levels. This is not a sprint but a marathon. The second thing we need to do is critically examine the people we are giving our consent to govern. And the best way is their voting records on both a local and if required national level. We can no longer take for granted that the people we are electing have the best interest of the people and our country in mind. Emotional appeal cannot sway our logic. We must separate facts from emotion and vote based on the facts. And lastly we must stay engaged. Staying engaged exercises the mind, body, and spirit and keeps us sharp. Because there will always be some force hiding in the shadows waiting for us to nod off again so they can steal away our liberties and steer us down a path towards tyranny.
The second of the articles is short and simple, from The McCarville Report, in which he has a single quote from one of the most respected pollsters in the business, Scott Rasmussen. This quote was in conjunction with a poll that shows the elections in November may be the third election in a row where the party in power is voted against.
“This will be the third straight election in which people vote against the party in power. The GOP will benefit from that this year, but 75 percent of Republicans say their representatives in Congress are out of touch with the party base. Should they win big this November, they will have to move quickly to prove they’ve learned lessons from the Bush years.” ~ Pollster Scott Rasmussen
Both of these speak volumes to what may happen on and after November 2. If the Republicans win big on that date, as many expect them to do, they can not sit back on their laurels and twiddle their thumbs. Instead, they will be required to move forward and begin straightening out the mess our country is currently in.
As much as I like and admire George W. Bush, this mess started during his administration. Some of it was his fault and some of it was the fault of the Republicans who failed to follow the conservative ideals on which they were elected. Thus, we had several years of fiscal irresponsibility from both sides of the aisle. That trend has continued since the Democrats came to power and it now stands a good chance of doing a great deal more damage, since the onset of their spending habits.
If the Republicans win in November, they must stand their ground and put a stop to the aforementioned habits, from both sides of the political spectrum. Their responsibility is to stand firm on the ideals that they have been campaigning on, as they apply for the jobs in Congress. Our responsibility is to make sure they do. That may sound harsh, but if we are to succeed in pulling our country away from the precipice it is now on, that is how it has to be.