Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Election: Results & Ruminations

So the election happened yesterday. I hope each and every Rioter voted, and if you didn't please don't complain about the government's decisions. If you haven't looked at a news report or turned on the radio, then you don't know that the Republicans took control of the House and picked up seats in the Senate. Here's a quick rundown of the numbers:


  • Democrats have 185 seats in the House while Republicans have 239. This gives the Republicans control of the House of Representatives and ousts Nancy Pelosi from her position as Speaker of the House. Many, many conservatives are calling this an enormous victory as they have vilified her as much if not more than President Obama.
  • Democrats have 49 seats in the Senate (though some news agencies are reporting 50) and Republicans have 46. This is a very slight majority. Exceedingly slight. Political wonks are still trying to figure out why the Dems held onto their majority. I'd like to refer back to the vilification of Pelosi. Ms. Pelosi was demonized while Harry Reid - Senate majority leader - was sort of left alone, for the most part. So, the House naturally lost more seats as many voters focused on getting rid of her, not necessarily on having Republicans control the federal government. Though, that's just one opinion.
  • While the numbers are still out on several states, it looks like the majority of gubernatorial races ended in the Republican taking office. The biggest exceptions are on the coasts, which doesn't surprise me. The east and west coasts are notoriously left-leaning, while middle America leans right. 
So, the Republicans control the House and Democrats control the Senate. That kind of seems fair. We're pretty much a two party political system, and it's not that far-fetched that these kind of results would occur. My biggest hope, though, is that these results will help to ease some of these tensions between parties. Though, I realize that is a horribly naive hope, as it seems quite likely these two houses of Congress will now get little to nothing accomplished as neither party has a substantial majority with which to mandate legislation. 

Let's hope that since both parties do hold such close numbers they will be able to come to some sort of compromise. Or, at least, they won't have such a bully pulpit to demonize the other respective party. My sincerest wish is that this whole sound byte, quotable quote, party line era of politics ends soon, despite the results. Just like how social networking sites have stunted the actual act of socializing with humans, all of these political gymnastics performed in the media have stunted the ability of politicians to truly desire evolution and growth for the country.

Politicians are celebrities instead of public servants, and neither side is immune to this accusation. It's disgusting, and it's one of the places in culture that does not warrant celebrity involvement. I've talked before about how political candidates seem to be using the platform of running for office as a jumping-off-point for selling books and getting paid for public speaking engagements, and not about serving the public. It's a game, a racket.

So, my vote is for change. But not the kind of change that is plastered on billboards and signs at political rallies. My vote is for a change in what a politician is. Remember what Congressman Fisher Ames said in the 1700s:

Politicks is the science of good sense, applied to public affairs, and, as those are forever changing, what is wisdom to-day would be folly and perhaps, ruin to-morrow. Politicks is not a science so properly as a business. It cannot have fixed principles, from which a wise man would never swerve, unless the inconstancy of men's view of interest and the capriciousness of the tempers could be fixed. [Fisher Ames (1758–1808)]

What are your thoughts on this subject? The nature of politics or the current political climate?

By the way, either way you voted, are you not SO GLAD that those friggin ads are off TV?! I'm so sick of the mudslinging in between my Grey's Anatomy and Smallville. Stupid politicians and their stupid ads.

Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte

3 comments:

  1. "My biggest hope, though, is that these results will help to ease some of these tensions between parties." Me too. but yeah... we can dream right?

    I feel like we have been reduced to sound bites, and nothing really gets done, its a perversion of how the system could work. All all this "secret" money being throw around? I don't like it one bit! I am thankful that NPR has been tracking some of these adds to empty office buildings, and condos though to show the problems.

    I am SO glad to not have those adds!
    but....
    best add ever? McAdams: I am twice the man Joe Miller is (literally) and probably three or four Lisas.

    btw, the election isn't over up here... its just going to go on and on and on and on....

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  2. George Washington: "However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion."
    This has been my argument for years. Partisan parties will destroy democracy. Partisan conflict is the cause of so much civil unrest. Our country is divided by red-state, blue-state. We can not be considered United States when there is so much conflict within our own borders. And the cat-fights we've recently witnessed on campaign commercials are just proof of that. Come election day so many people know the bad about every politician, and few know the good. One of the candidates running in the gubanatorial race in my state (Maine) has done some awesome things for this state in the last ten years, and no one knows about them. However, we all know how much poop she can sling at the guy who won! And the worst part is very few people agree with the politician heading their political party entirely... Really we need to consider the whole country purple...

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  3. Judging from all the noise coming from the people who are making a new definition for "Bad Winners," the Republicans are NOT looking for cooperation, nor for workable compromises of any sort. They are holding out for capitulation, utter and total.

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