Thursday, October 13, 2011

one vote with baggage please...

Sometimes, you get what you don't ask for.

What do I mean? Well, if you vote for someone with baggage, and you aren't prepared for it, then what s/he does could surprise you. Take Obama, for example. Liberals voted for him because they thought he was a fierce leftist who would close Gitmo, prosecute Bush for war crimes and immediately pull us out of Iraq/Afghanistan. None of that happened (OK, technically, this is the opposite of coming with baggage...)

New example: 2010 a lot of people voted for Republicans. Most of this in a wave of anti-tax, small government fervor stoked by the Tea Party, amongst other things.  The economy was tanking and people were looking for a saviour. The Tea Party arrives and took over numerous state houses and legislatures and sent a record number of new Freshman to the US House.

What did they do?? Well, therein lies the baggage. It has NOTHING to do with the economy. Instead, we have a record number of anti-abortion laws coming into effect, voting suppression efforts aimed at college students, the elderly, minorities and other disenfranchised groups, and a multi-state nefarious plan to change the way electoral votes are split to give more weight to certain portions of the population (guess which portions those are??).

So, look out for baggage next time people. What a politician says isn't always what he or she will do. Sometimes, what he or she DOESN'T say is almost just as important in telling you what they will do as well.  So, next year, when people are yelling about the economy, remember...there ARE other issues. Those issues will still be issues after the election and think about who you're voting for and how they'll vote on those. It's important.


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