Here's the deal - Y'all need to get your asses out and vote next week. It's really important that the Democrats take control of at least one house of Congress. Not because I'm a Democrat. I'm not. I'm a registered independent, and my political views fall much closer to the Republican side of things, at least what the Republican Party used to stand for. You remember, small government, states' rights, looking out for the little guy and being fiscally responsible?
But that doesn't matter. What matters right now is that there are no checks and balances in our system of creating laws. The whole point in having a Legislative Branch and an Executive Branch is for the two to sometimes disagree, because if everybody's just goes along singing "La, la, la, we're in power and everything is right with the world," you end up with fucked up situations like repealing motherfuckin' habeas corpus and attaching internet gambling bans to important security legislation at the 11th hour with no one to stop you.
It would be just as bad with a Democratic Congress and White House. Don't think for a minute that they aren't as fucked up as the Republicans are. Remember, this country voted for Republican leadership because they thought the Dems were too corrupt and that the Elephants would steer the country back from the far left. Well, they overcorrected, and now there's only one party running everything, and that's NOT GOOD.
It means that whatever the folks that the Elephants are listening to will get whatever they want, with no one to stand up and say "Oh HELLLLLL NO!" Bush certainly won't do it, since he has yet to veto more bills than he can count on one hand. Or one hand with only a thumb, but that's beside the point.
Get your ass out there and vote. Frankly, I wouldn't mind too much if everyone in the country voted against EVERY incumbent, regardless of party, in every election for the next six years. Then, at the end of six years, we'd have a WHOLE NEW CONGRESS. What a concept - throw the bums out!
This is a really important election. If the Democrats can take ONE house of Congress (and frankly I have no interest in them taking over both, I think the system would work better if each party controlled one house) then we can have back a little bit of the checks and balances that the smart people who designed our government a couple hundred years ago thought up in the first place.
I now retreat to apply my flameproof jammies...