I’m afraid that enough people are still drinking the Kool-Aid when it comes to Republicans and security. The President’s and his staff’s lies are so ingrained in his supporter’s heads that despite a less safe world today than it was six years ago, Republican candidates here in Minnesota and around the country still want to follow his agenda.
The atmosphere of threat and danger, or the possibilities of it, has successfully kept these people in power in Washington.
Despite the approaching number of 3000 dead Americans soldiers, tens of thousands wounded, and no plan to change, somehow I am labeled a defeatist, a cut-and-runner, simply because I want to change something that isn’t working to protect our soldiers and our country.
I know the Republicans have no platform to run on other than security, well, that and Bill Clinton, but the relevance in this election is not solely the war. It is lost opportunity, lost pensions, skyrocketing medical costs, the near poor – less able to support themselves, war profiteering, deep seeded corruption in congress, and an executive branch loaded with incompetence and cronyism.
That’s where we are two weeks before this election. We need every vote to change the country. There are a lot of people who feel they don’t need to vote. That their district is safe, or there is no chance their candidate will win, but those of us who feel there is concern for our country need to get in the habit of voting in every election regardless of the conceived meaning. The truth is, many people died and risked their lives for our freedom, it is more than a right, it is an obligation to vote.
I saw Governor Pawlenty’s ad where he stands, smiling in front of a white background with some happy, jazzy music playing. I have no idea what he was lying about, but I heard GOP apologist Sarah Janecek recently describe future governor Mike Hatch as “angry.”
Then I heard a caller to a radio station yesterday describe Mike Hatch as “an angry white man.” It hit me, the right wing is starting their labeling campaign, and the point of Pawlenty’s ad is not to say anything of any importance to voters, it is an ad to depict him as a “happy white man.”
They can’t beat Mike Hatch on issues or accomplishments because Pawlenty has done nothing good for the State, while Mike Hatch keeps working like a bulldog for the state and the underprivileged.
Well a bumper sticker comes to mind. “If you are not angry, you are not paying attention!”
I hope Mike get really angry if they ever debate.
About a week ago, Mike Hatch called for an energy initiative that would improve our states economy and improve our environment. Hatch said “we cannot wait for leadership from a federal government that has a pro-oil policy. We need to position Minnesota for the future.” Hatch called for requiring electric utilities to produce at least 20 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2020. He also urged further government study of other energy initiatives such as conservation tax credits, energy-wise building codes, low-resistance auto tires and consumer incentives for alternative-fuel vehicles.
What a change a Governor Hatch would be compared to the governors Minnesota has employed for nearly eight years. Jesse Ventura thought his job as governor was to referee wrestling matches in between signing or vetoing bills. Tim Pawlenty thinks being governor means taking pledges not to raise taxes and “standing by” the President.
The governor is a CEO. The job is to lead the state into the future. Like any successful company, Minnesota needs a leader to do that, and unlike the previous two governors, Mike Hatch is a leader.
He is a bulldog fighting hard for what he believes in, and he will be a governor who reinvigorates the progressive attitudes of our great state by establishing the leadership needed to meet the high standard of living our citizens want back.
Candidates like Tim Pawlenty, Mark Kennedy and Mary Kiffmeyer aren’t leaders who promote improvement in our standard of living. They are candidates for their own ego and the Republican party. They lack the innate ability to be leaders. They are followers of the conservative agenda among other things aiming to dumb down America so that a small percentage of elitist control freaks can take advantage of the country.
As November approaches, we are on the threshold of regaining our freedom, clean air and hope for the future, however, we are on the edge of not being able to turn back too. It is more important than ever to elect progressive candidates in 2006. While the hearts of many are ready for this fight, we still need the wallets. Locally, we have state seats with strong candidates in traditional Republican areas who need money. Paul Hardt in my district or Andrew Borene in Edina. Then there are the big three we must elect for the State, Mike Hatch, Mark Ritchie for Secretary of State and Amy Klobuchar. Don’t miss the primary September 12th.
I’ve heard more than once that 2006 could be another 1994. A sort of Superfriend’s Bizarro 1994, where Democrats will take control of the Republican House like Newt and his big business-anti family cronies did in November 1994.
The problem is that the fat cat Democrats of 1994 didn’t suspect anything was happening until it was too late. The Republicans today are ready for it. While many of them feel the incumbent “(I)” after their name is enough to keep them in congress, like the 1994 Democrats did, they know they need to fight hard to maintain their stake in the economic futures of people like the Waltons (Walmart, not the TV show) and Hiltons. They need to ensure the elite keep becoming more elite, more than worrying about the future of our great country.
I heard Ann Coulter say the Democrats should win 60 seats in the house and 12 in the senate. I’d love for that to happen, and while the Democrats will probably pick up seats in both, they most likely will not take a majority in either political body.
I love polls, and I will be searching for those state maps that show predictions soon, but too many Democrats are setting themselves up for a depressing November 8th, and I think the Republican pundits are setting the stage to declare a victory despite a loss.