by Claude Chaney
Last night's Republican landslide proves three things.........voter suppression works... big money easily buys elections....and there are extremely difficult times ahead for blacks, latinos, native americans and the poor, but we cannot dispair because that is exactly what they want us to do.
We can expect the 1% to acquire even more wealth and more tax cuts. We can expect more cases like Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown where the guilty are exonerated. Women will no longer have a say in what they do with their bodies. Let's face it the next two years are going to be hell for minorities and women.
Polls showed that McConnell was trailing Grimes until the Koch brothers came to his rescue. Reagan survived having both the Senate and The House of Representatives being Democratic, but can Barack Obama do the same thing, honestly I don't know. We got into this situation by his eagerly wanting to reach out to the other side of Congress to find common ground. It took him a long time to learn that when dealing with today's Republicans there is no "common ground". I wonder if he is going to use the veto pen which he often promises to use but seldom uses. I wonder if Democrats are going to maintain the 60 vote threshold for a bill to pass, or will they take the perceived high road and lower it in the name of ..........fairness.
We can expect an all out assault on the environment because the Koch scouts in BOTH houses of Congress will be expected to do what they have been paid to do. Net Neutrality may become a thing of the past, because we are definitely going to see more Republicans as part of the FCC. It's now the Democrats turn to gerrymander districts, will they do it, or will they decline and take the high road in the name of "fairness" to Republicans who didn't give a damn about fairness when it came to Democrats.
We can expect more mass murderers to surface since gun control which over 98% of the people of the United States want will be in decline. The number of states in which a trigger happy coward can go into a church with an AK-47 will increase. President Obama's record on immigration may not have been the best but if you're expecting anything from the Republicans then I have a bridge in Brooklyn I can sell you.
As a lifelong Democrat I must admit that the time has come to take a good long look at how the party functions. There are some wonderful people who are doing the best they can to protect the middle class, yet at the same time we have a large number of blue dog Democrats whose ideology is much more alligned to the Republican Party and vote with Republicans on issues that have been historically Democratic.
If you are black you must realize that you are hated and despised by a Republican party that vigorously wants to put you and your children behind bars and permenantly prevent you from voting. The sight of any one of today's Republicans to you should be the same as a venomous snake that wants to "KILL" you. If anyone tells you anything to the contrary then he or she is a damned liar or a fool, even if it is someone who looks like you, a Dr. Ben Carson for example.
It would be a serious mistake to think that Hillary Clinton will undoubtedly be the next president. The Kochs, and their ilk have tons of money, they have proved that not only can they buy senators and congresspersons, they can also buy votes.
We have to pray for the health of the four centrist members of the Supreme Court because we could get another Scalia, Roberts, or even worse Thomas if God forbid something happens to any one of them.
This is indeed a sad day for The United States, not because the Republicans control both houses because I can remember a time when they controlled both houses before, but that was a different Republican party. They were conservatives, but they had the interests of the country as a whole for a top priority. Today's Republicans are arrogant, greedy and for the most part racist. We are living in a time where facilities are being built to imprison tens of thousands of people when crime is decreasing and our infrastructure is crumbling. We have become a kleptocracy that has become government by the rich for the rich, yet we still cannot give up. To every problem there is a solution.....we just have to find it.