The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

September 18, 2013

Blame liberals for mess in U.S.

(Continued)

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.

Thus, nothing gets done in Washington because those “base” voters consider “compromise” to be a dirty word.

The conservatives vote and the liberals don’t.

I blame the liberals.

Sam Pollak is editor of The Daily Star in Oneonta, N.Y. He can be reached at spollak@thedailystar.com.

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