Who Hijacked Our Country

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

The Pendulum Will Swing

Republicans who are complacent about controlling Congress and the White House, and Democrats who are despondent for the same reason: the pendulum always swings.

The conservative movement which is now on such a roll had its start either (depending on which expert you talk to) in 1964 when Barry Goldwater lost the presidential election to Lyndon Johnson, or 1976 when Ronald Reagan lost the presidential nomination to Gerald Ford. One of Reagan’s ideas in 1976 was the privatization of Social Security. This idea may not get very far even today, but it has a lot more momentum than it did 29 years ago. Ironically, Reagan’s idea in 1976 got trounced by the Republican Powers That Be, including Cheney and Rumsfeld, who were members of the Ford administration.

Republicans in 1976 were having the same identity crisis the Democrats are now undergoing. Some Republicans (like Reagan) wanted to move further to the right and “stand for something.” Others wanted to move to the center, or even left, to attract more moderate and swing voters. The mainstream Republican movers and shakers decided that Reagan would only appeal to the far right of the party, and would get trounced in the general election.

So, with this in mind, maybe some of John Kerry’s far-reaching ideas could become more acceptable in the future. Let’s see, that would include………I’m thinking……..uuhhhh…… well, you get the idea.

Expanded health care coverage – which almost spelled political suicide for Clinton when he pushed for it – might become a reality someday. Bush rolled back a lot of Clinton’s measures protecting workers’ safety and the environment; someday Bush’s assaults on working people and the environment will be rolled back by a future president.

The pendulum always swings.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nicely written. It is good to see someone hailiing the good with the bad and not slinging mud to do it.


January 25, 2005 at 4:55 AM  
Blogger iwasfixin2 said...

"Some of John Kerry's far-reaching ideas..." Hmm. Which of those specific ideas were you alluding to? What policy proposals did he make that you liked the most? I am extremely curious because all I saw were criticisms of Bush; no proposals of his own. Definitely none with any substance that would tell us what he intended to do with the power and pursestrings he has coveted since a very early age.

And it's also very disingenuous of you and so many others to speak of how Bush "rolled back" the safety and other measures (such as environmental) but are never specific. As a matter of fact, I bet you can't name a single example of such an issue from memory and then explain its negative impact.

But, please, go right on with your inspidness. I am sure it makes you feel better.

January 26, 2005 at 5:14 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...


The reason I didn't mention any of Kerry's "far reaching ideas" was because he didn't have any; that was the point I was making. The only redeeming thing about him is, he isn't Bush.

Clinton signed a workers' safety measure that included ergonomic changes, protecting thousands of office workers against carpal tunnel syndrome (and all its variations, tendonitis, repetitive stress syndrome, etc.). Bush deleted it almost as soon as he took office. Bush also deleted some of Clinton's limitations on road-building in national forests.

January 27, 2005 at 12:49 PM  

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