05 November 2004

Bush strikes a divisive note right off

Bush hit a pretty decent note in his acceptance speech or whatever you call it, but that remark yesterday; "Let me put it to you this way: I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it," bodes very ill for any change at all in the amazingly arrogant and divisive attitude of this administration. The right doesn’t hear it as those who supported Kerry do... what we hear is "I intend to make sure the tax code has preferential treatment for rich individuals and corporations built into it forever, and I intend to destroy Social Security as a safety net."

I predict lots of fighting and little accomplishment of any kind in Congress, and attempt by the Republicans (probably unsuccessful) to change the cloture rule in the Senate. Instead of reaching out to the almost 50% of the electorate that didn't vote for him (which means proposing policies that take their views into account), this President proposes to try to ram through the most Right Wing agenda in 100 years. I hope there is gridlock, because these ideas are pure disaster for the American people.

There's a very interesting article in the New Republic. It's about how the Bush administration's intentions towards the Supreme Court will really work. It has nothing at all to do with Roe v. Wade. Supreme Courts don't work in a vacuum; these justices, except maybe Scalia and Thomas, do know and care that the majority of Americans favor the right to at least early-term abortion. But the majority of people neither know nor care about the more sinister Right Wing agenda for the constitution, which involves undoing the regulatory power of the Federal Government under the Interstate Commerce clause. When these people get together without the "liberal media" (ha!) present, they actually admit that they want to turn the clock back to before that dangerous liberal Roosevelt (Teddy Roosevelt, that is), took office.

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