On Divided Government

Whether on this blog or in personal conversations, I haven’t been one to complain by using words as fascist, socialist, Marxist, or any other pathetic, intentional fear-mongering descriptor – which also implies that I don’t respect those that do.

To some, my failure to do participate in the child-like name calling exercise must mean I’m a partisan Democrat or simply pro-Obama. To the contrary, this and past posts demonstrate that I’m an independent moderate looking for solutions beyond blind acceptance of political dogma.

I’ve criticized Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) and her lead on legislation numerous times, and will continue to do so. I’ve stated that Pelosi-led legislation would serve as President Obama’s Achilles’ heal, and it has. On the other hand, Minority Leader Boehner (R-OH) isn’t a reasonable alternative. I’ve carefully watched President Obama, and yes, called from him to veto the initial Stimulus Bill.

I’ve continually identified both parties as special-interest conglomerates whose primary purpose is self serving over doing what is best for the country. Besides, the party in power uses a get-it-while-they-can philosophy. At the same time I’ve stated that the Democrats are the ones who will lead Republican resurgence.

WSJ columnist Peggy Noonan openly wonders who’s caring for the country as the parties care for themselves – that is, where’s the Patriotic Grace?  Not that long ago she spoke about the Republicans saving the Obama presidency from the Democratic-controlled Congress. Columnists David Broder and David Brooks echo similar thoughts.

Divided government does not mean political divisions, but rather divisions of the political power. For instance, one party ruling the White House and both Congressional chambers is not divided government. President Obama preaches bipartisanship, but doesn’t need it because Democrats have complete control – which is the same scenario President Bush’s first six years – and for President Clinton’s first two years.

Some moderates (as myself) have hoped the Blue Dog Democrats and moderate Republicans would step into the arena to lead as voices of reason. Maybe the recent Cap and Trade vote is finally a sign of that movement, but only time will tell.

A Moderates’ Dilemma still exists and will continual to exist. So the big question – which form of divided government would the people prefer: President Obama with a Republican Congress or a Republican president with a Democratic Congress? Then again, would that bring tempered political progress or gridlock?

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