On The 2010 Midterm Election

This Dia De Los Muertos election told me one thing: America is still a long way from thinking about progress and sustainability. That they were able to get swindled into voting against what they voted for two years ago.

Not all of America lost sight of its goal. Indeed, the senate stayed in democrat hands, despite taking it in the gut by losing five seats. The tide is still rolling, but it’s in danger of washing back out to sea.

The tea party didn’t meet with any nationwide success, but it showed it has its strongholds. There are large swaths of backwards-progress thinking folks who really just want to be a roadblock in the way of what must be done.

Rand Paul is a senator now. A liberal protestor got stomped by a volunteer at a Kentucky senate candidate debate. Paul came out against the civil rights act, saying companies should have the right to determine who their clientele can be based on any number of prejudiced factors. This is a rather unwelcome stance for this cultural melting pot in which we live.

In recent years, there has been a worldwide shift towards cultural intolerance. Little over a decade ago there was major ethnic cleansing in eastern Europe, and currently there is major legislation being enacted at curtailing Muslim culture in parts of Europe, like France and Germany. With the problems along the Mexican border, as well as our on-going war on terror, that’s a shift we as a country can’t afford to make, if we want to ensure we are living in an open society in our not-too-distant future.

I don’t necessarily see the country going down that road, or at least, not without a knock-down, drag-out fight. But I do see this as a possible nuisance to progress, after it overtakes the national dialog…even more so than it presently has on talk radio.

What good can come from this partisan shift in the house, and this absent-minded referendum on Barack Obama‘s first two years in office? Well, Obama now has the chance to be the great uniter he pledged to be in his campaign; an easy promise to break when your party has absolute control of the federal government. What choice does he have to be effective, but to either be deadlocked in Congress, or to find a compromise to push a embattled agenda through.

Based on the campaign commercials I saw, there’s going to have to be a lot of backtracking, as well as a spawning of good faith in the intentions of the parties across the aisle.

Back to progress and sustainability; these should be the ultimate goals in Washington. Not party control. Not derailing the president’s agenda. To paraphrase my good friend Isaac Rodriguez, Obama is acknowledging and facing up to issues no president before him has ever faced; due in parts to ignorance, politics and ideologies. Things that shouldn’t be ignored, and can’t be ignored, but were ignored. To be obstructionist to that will not reflect well in history, and would give our country less momentum to get up the hill.