I have held off digesting the aftermath of the elections until the dust settled a bit but without further ado--my comments:
Have you seen the tapes of Bush meeting with the House majority Dems and Senate majority Dems??? He sure is flipping around on all the rhetoric that he was saying during the election. He has spun 360 degrees faster then that girl's head in the movie, "The Exorcist."
He's saying all the right things like a school boy caught by his parents smoking cigs in the garage. He is basically doing the political equivalent of giving massages, cooking breakfast and serving it in bed and doing all his chores. He's terrified of investigations and if you listen carefully you might be able to hear the sound of paper shredders working overtime. He is also wringing his hands over being seen as a lame-duck president and a failure of a president by history. However, I think that die has been cast.
Hopefully though Bush is ready to actually work together now that the public has woken up and dope smacked his policies and the corrupt radical Neo-Republicans who had taken over the Republican party and our government. However, he also quickly bum rushed the podium and frantically announced his new "agenda" for the lame-duck Congress to pass. He wants to shovel as much dung through the pipes of government as he can before the party is over in January.
And even though I'm on a high over this Blue victory, I hope that the Democrats don't let this power get to their heads like it did for the GOP these last 12 years. Nancy Pelosi has said some positive things, however, such as committing not to treat the minority party the way the Dem's were treated by the GOP.
And it would behoove the Dem's not to pursue any kind of impeachment hearings. I don't think there is enough proof to actually impeach Bush and besides we'd be stuck with Dick "C. Montgomery Burns" Cheney!! Plus, it would look like sour grapes to the country who has put their trust in the Dem's to actually get some things done rather then use their power for revenge. That is a waste of time, money and power. That's not to say that we can't investigate at all. I think there needs to be investigations into Halliburton and other issues but I think that nashing the teeth for impeachment isn't going to do anyone any good. The country wants progress made on too long ignored issues such as: Tax-cuts for the middle and lower classes, shoring up social security, health care reform, raising the minimum wage, enacting all of the 9/11 commission recommendations, beef up security of our ports and work toward a sane policy in regards to Iraq.
In addition, It's a positive thing that many moderate Democrats have been elected into this new Congress to help balance out the Democratic party and focus their influence and power in the best way possible for all Americans. After all, moderates reflect the views of the majority of the country I would say. As a Buddhist I believe in following that balanced middle path as best that I can. It is also my view that such a path is the best way for our country to move forward and recapture our greatness and that mantle of being the "shining beacon on the hill." When the path is tilted one way or another we lose our balance, slip and eventually fall off the path all together as we have seen under Bush.
And let us not forget that a balanced government is good for the economy if you ask many economists.
Let's also hope that Bush doesn't suddenly find his veto pen and mark sane bills up like a hard-ass teacher marking up satisfactory papers with a big red pen. If he does do that though I think that will only hurt his party even more for the '08 presidential elections.
We shall see how long this bi-partisan spirit honeymoon will last. Hopefully for a long time to come.
P.S.~Happy birthday to the Marine Corps today!!!