Although the major news outlets have not yet made the calls in Montana and Virginia, we here at IncrediIncredipete.com are ready to call both races for the Democrats.
That is not to say I’m happy about it. But I’m strangely not terribly upset about it either. I think the Republicans have strayed from their base, and they deserved to lose. I’m only sorry that the only alternative is the Democrats, because I think they’re going to do more harm than good.
Throughout the campaigns, the Dems have been completely focused on what the Republicans were doing wrong, rather than focusing on and talking about what THEY planned to do. We can assume with absolute certainty that they will raise taxes. We can assume with absolute certainty that they will have some sort of plan to exit Iraq.
To be clear, I think Iraq is one of the dumbest things we’ve ever done as a country, and that was pretty clear to me when we first decided to go. If you go read my older entries you’ll see that I have never really changed my tune on the issue. I prefer a position of isolationism… protect our borders and leave everyone else in the world to deal with their own problems. That’s what we have to do, and they should have to do the same.
So, in that respect, I’m glad to see the Democrats in power. They may royally screw up the exit and plummet the region into a bloody civil war, but frankly, I never complain when Arabs kill each other in silly tribal disputes. More power to them. Assuming, of course, that we protect our borders… which sadly we probably won’t be doing very well under the Dems.
What’s a real shame is that the election was determined by what the Republicans were doing wrong (and a minority of Republicans at that) instead of on what the Democrats plans were going forward. Since they didn’t campaign on issues, and only campaigned on harping on Bush’s mistakes, it’s hard to say what they plan to do.
Hard, but not impossible. Here are my predictions.
- Pull out of Iraq within 18 months, consequences be damned
- Leave the borders largely unprotected and pass amnesty for existing illegals
- Insure open access to abortion on demand through any means necessary
- Insure taxpayer money is used to fund embryonic stem cell research
- Raise taxes on everyone, but especially the rich and the middle class
- Increase social welfare programs and government medical insurance plans
- Support gay marriage efforts despite an overwhelming majority of Americans being against it
- Take diplomatic steps with North Korea rather than bombing them
- Make it more difficult for businesses to operate by penalizing offshore movements, making it impossible for American companies to comIncredipete against international companies
- Raise the minimum wage
It’s an odd position, being frustrated that the Dems are in power, while at the same time feeling like the Republicans weren’t doing what their base wanted. I KNOW for a fact that the Dems won’t do what I want, but the Republicans were into a psychotic pork-barrel spending, silly war, no action on illegal immigration, etc. path that didn’t represent me, either.
Where’s Ronald Reagan when you need him?
The Republicans will be back in 2008… or worst case in 2010. The country is about to get a reminder of the Jimmy Carter era, and I don’t think they’re going to like it.
Who Won? People against the Iraq war, gay people, abortionists, lazy and uneducated people, terrorists, and illegal immigrants.
Who Lost? People for the Iraq war, Christians, unborn babies, American taxpayers, big business, entrepreneurs, and George W. Bush.