The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Z_CNHI News Service

September 16, 2013

Blame fellow liberals for America's mess

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As for the liberals, when it comes to casting ballots, like the lilies of the field, they toil not; neither do they spin. And neither do they vote.

If the last two presidential elections proved anything, it’s that there are more liberals and moderates than right-wing conservatives in this country. If everybody comes out to vote, Democrats do very well.

But let’s go back to the 2000 presidential election, when liberals didn’t feel threatened, and their asinine “let’s send a message by voting for Ralph Nader” gave us George W. Bush as president.

Does anybody think Al Gore would have nominated John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, clearing the way for the Citizens United ruling to tear down spending limits on elections? Would Gore-appointed justices have denuded the Voting Rights Act? I blame the liberals.

But it got even worse 10 years later, creating the main reason why our republic is in such a mess.

In 2010, the liberals and moderates stayed home while conservative Republicans voted and gleefully took over statehouse after statehouse. Because it was a Census year, in state after state they redrew district lines and gerrymandered things to their advantage.

That’s why in last year’s elections, even though Democrats cast more votes for their congressional candidates than Republicans did for theirs, the GOP easily held onto its majority in the House of Representatives.

Republican-dominated state legislatures and governors then did some nasty stuff in the way of voter suppression and taking away workers’ rights.

In the House of Representatives, in the snuggly warm knowledge that they have little to fear from Democratic Party challenges, some Republican members will say the most ridiculous, climate change-denying, secession urging, Obama impeaching tripe without any worry about re-election.

Their only worry is an even more rabid right-wing conservative who may go after them in a primary. The same goes for senators in such solidly Republican states as Texas or South Carolina … or Kentucky.

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