Democrats must give up their tendency to sit
around arguing, fearful of the consequences of acting boldly
“friend” reacted to the Presidential election by
posting, “I see America
voted for Satan again. Sorry God I did my best.” Others posted items
linked Obama and Satan. Who knew? One man, who appeared to be the voice
reason, wondered why so many bigoted, hate-filled people felt a need to
It is troubling that
the losers in the election are shying away from any self-examination
instead, looking around for others to blame, even Satan, who, if you
him, is not likely to be a Democrat, given the social issues Democrats
The folks over at
Fox News were suggesting that Obama appealed to the nation’s
people of color who think the government owes them something. Bill
have said more than he intended when he stated, “The white
establishment is now
the minority.” Well, he should know. He represents the white
group of voters who see themselves as standing on shrinking ground.
resentful, blame-throwing, fear mongers who see people of color
look, even in the White House.
Oh, and single
women. The GOP anger-mongers seem to think that single women are also
the trouble with America.
It seems that women have their own opinions about things like rape and
right to choose and these opinions are at odds with what’s been said
the red side of America,
the “white establishment” side.
To me, the most
troubling result of the election is that the nation woke up on
morning pretty much where it was before any votes had been cast.
changed. House Republicans are glued to the Tea Party and its
agenda. Senate Democrats are still powerless to get anything done, even
they control the agenda. President Obama is still levitating above the
discourse over gridlock and the looming fiscal “cliff” we’ve been
Look for attempts to gut any funding to support the health care law
Obama has the next
two years to get something done. After the 2014 midterm elections he
will be a
lame duck and the parade will have moved on. The real question is
will muster the energy and the backbone to engage and defeat the House
Republicans, whose sole agenda will be to defeat virtually everything
Obamacare will be a top item on
Republican target list. Look for attempts to gut any funding to support
health care law. Taxes will be another high-priority for the
and the one-percenters will see themselves
defenders of the Alamo, ready to face
comers to protect their obscenely large share of the American pie.
Democrats will need
to do some self-examination of their own. American voters have again
the keys and have rejected the Republican agenda. Democrats must give
tendency to sit around arguing, fearful of the consequences of acting
The Republican agenda is in tatters and the demographic trends are
them. Now is the time to act - on the budget, on the environment, on
financial system, on defense spending.
A bold agenda today
will steer us away from another post-election morning in four years
wake up and realize that nothing has changed. Congratulations, Mr.
The nation and the world are watching you.
Commentator, Larry Matthews, is a veteran broadcast journalist. He is
recipient of The George Foster Peabody
Excellence in Broadcast for his reporting on Vietnam
veterans. He is also the
recipient of a Columbia/DuPont Citation, Society of Professional
Associated Press, and other awards for investigative reporting. He is
author of five books including,
I Used To
Be In Radio: a Memoir. Click here