Original post made by Jag Singh on Nov 26, 2006
on Nov 27, 2006 at 4:35 pm
You seem bitter and angry that Americans are willing to risk money and their lives to take a chance on bringing freedom to a far-off people. Maybe the campaign was ill-conceived, and like all ventures it could have been conducted better. But your venom is ill-judged.
Make no mistake about it - the Republicans did not lose this election over Iraq. Republicans lost this election because they abandoned their principles of small government and lower taxes. The voters were more unhappy about profligate spending than about our well-intentioned efforts to bring down despots. Ned Lamont lost by running on an anti-Iraq platform. Democrat Joe Manchin won in West Virginia by promising to cut taxes.
Perhaps the 2008 elections will help to sharpen these issues.
on Nov 28, 2006 at 3:29 pm
Thanks, Cynic. It is nice to see the "rest of the story" somewhere around here.
You are absolutely right. In an election with about 40% turnout, the Republicans lost because Republican voters stayed home in frustration that the Republicans abandoned so much of everything else they were also voted in to do..educate the public in order to pass real Social Security reform; shut down our borders to illegal entry, while reforming our laws to put already present, law-abiding, hard working illegal aliens on the path toward citizenship; cut spending; continue to push for education reform; confirm a strong person like Bolton to the UN, place more non-activist judges into court benches etc. The Republicans knuckled under to the minority Democrats far too often, they didn't use the muscle of their majority, and so they looked more and more like Democrats.
Like you said, CONSERVATIVES, be they Democrats or Independant, like Joe Lieberman, won over more liberal Republicans. Our nation is upside down in party definition.
I see repeatedly a complete misunderstanding by the Democrats of why the Republicans lost, which perhaps is good for us in the long run. Unless Pelosi, Shumer, Reid, Kennedy, Rangel and the likes wake up and realize what really happened, the nation will see what the Democrat leadership really stands for now, versus when I was young and a Democrat.
Our country has moved so far left, that just standing still,( and growing in understanding about what is helpful for a society and what isn't) I became a Republican.