… because I might change my mind.

NaBloPoMo 2010 Day 2 — Election Day

It’s a big day in the United States as we sit at the mid-term between Presidential election cycles. Over the last several mid-term elections, much has been made of the people making statements about the popularity of the President by the way they vote in the mid-term. In 1994, the US Congress swung to a Republican majority for the first time in decades in an apparent reaction to Bill Clinton as President. Today’s election appears to be a similar statement — even if the Republicans will wake up with control only of the House of Representatives.

The net gain of over 39 representatives by the Republicans should at least make President Obama and the Democrats sit up and take notice that there is a significant segment of the American public that does not approve of Obama’s policies. I am not a political consultant or an expert (assuming those are different), but I feel comfortable saying that it would be a large mistake for the Democrats to consider today’s results and forge ahead undaunted and attempt to foist their plans upon the people. And the nice thing about the separation of powers and the checks and balances built into our form of government is that these results will make it very hard for anything to be foisted upon US citizens that doesn’t have bi-partisan support.
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One response

  1. Yes Bill, although I have many reservations about some aspects of your political system, one of the things I do admire is the safeguard of checks and balances built into your system. Not only that, I also like the way that elections take place at fixed intervals and that some are scheduled midway between general (Presidential) elections. It certainly seems to keep politicians and parties more accountable.

    November 3, 2010 at 12:30 pm

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