cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
There is a very real sense that we have been placed in a new world of politics. I'll call it Politics 2.0 signifying the coming of a new genre.
As I watched the debate last evening involving Barack Obama and John McCain, it was as if I was witnessing a battle between the old and the new politics. And, that is exactly what we've been hearing during this twenty-month plus campaign. Obama has been pointedly making himself the leader of Politics 2.0 so far as the race for the presidency.
Obama has appealed to those of us who are younger and has been successful. He outlived his Democratic challengers and he appears poised, if we are to believe the pollsters and the mainstream media, to become our next President. He is a masterful communicator so far as style points. Too many of us are unable to, or don't feel the need to, dig beneath the smooth, suave surface to get at the underlying meat in his answers and in his speeches. He has run a campaign of nearly two years in length and we are still waiting for some definition to his talking points; we'll wait until after November, 2008, too.
Obama has deployed one of the most effective campaigns I can recall, and I've been an active observer since Au H20 (Goldwater) days. He has had an advantage in campaigning against one of the 'old' pols who can 'barely' communicate when viewed in the glow of Obama. He has, in my opinion, had the advantage of having the mainstream press firmly in his pocket for well over a year, if not longer. I have seen mainstream "journalism" largely trumped by Politics 2.0, and I have seen the Internet used to very nearly its current maximum potential by one candidate.
As if this wasn't sufficient, we see our economy reeling and that almost always portends defeat for the party in the Whitehouse without regard to the cause or finding of true fault.
I have made no pretense as to my views of the final two candidates. I am a fiscal and social conservative and there is but one place for my vote.
That having been said, I can say that I am fearful of a Democrat sweep that leads to control of the Congress and of the Whitehouse. If that should occur, I will see much of which I disapprove happening in our country. If there is nothing remaining but a vocal, versus meaningful, minority, the minority's voice will be silenced except for the Internet and talk radio for the next four years.
While our federal government usually takes a long time to get anything accomplished, that is usually because the two-party system is sufficiently active and potent to thwart some of the less-than-wise moves attempted by the majority. If the Democrats sweep to the degree that they have absolute control in both the House and the Senate, and if they have Barack Obama in the Whitehouse, we'll see an activist government such as we've not before witnessed.
We will see Supreme Court justices that will re-interpret the constitution to their liking. We will see congressional hearings into everyone who ever served in the Bush administration. We'll witness the complete take-over of healthcare by the government. We'll see 'progressive' taxation policies that will cripple the economy and stifle the growth of businesses. We'll see states governed by liberal majorities creating laws recognizing same sex marriage. We'll see attacks on our rights to keep and bear arms. We'll see our education system subverted to become a political indoctrination tool beyond that which already exists. We will see an inexorable slide toward socialism.
I hope that I am wrong...but I fear that I may be correct.