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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Sharen Jergenson: Hate tumbles off the carousel

  • Yes, politics reeks of hate with spins on how it all went wrong.
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  • Riding the political carousel had some men tightly clinging to the poles proceeding up and down, and round and round until election’s end. Whether due to delusions of grandeur, or allowance for hate complicating their minds, some lost equilibrium and tumbled off the carousel dragging others with them. Speculations began as to how these descends were unforeseen. A glitch in the carousel? Poor riding skills?  Or, was it due to excess weight of hate?  Webster defines hate as an “intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury.” I do reckon those taking a spill off that political carousel might have felt a sense of injury as they were left picking themselves up, scratching their heads, and asking, “What The Heck Just Happened?”  Arrogance and poor advisory had prepared only a victory speech; humility forced a concession speech. “The People Have Spoken;” a traditional phrase since Stephen Douglas first admitted defeat by urging slave states to accept Lincoln’s win in 1860 was a validation omitted by Romney.
        Yes, politics reeks of hate with spins on how it all went wrong. Romney said, “I believe in the American people.” That fundamental principle could have stitched his campaign into a warm and cozy quilt for all Americans, but his status in life limited his relationship with reality. Time and again, he sputtered indiscretions and did flip-flops. Demographics and diversity for him are confined to a 150 foot yacht flying the flag of the Cayman Islands.
          Scales tipped unfavorably for the GOP when taken hostage by the extreme right-wing. They passively drank the brew offered by the Tea Party. That element sipped on made Congress the most ineffectual in the history of our nation. Will the Tea Party lose its Mojo and eventually fall off the Carousel too? Now, that would spell liberty! The GOP lost a few “Grumpy Old Men” stabilizing equilibrium, but not all moral issues hold the same moral weight. There may always be diversity of opinion fought on grounds of principle regardless of the chances for success. It seems waging war we understand, but not waging peace, or at any rate, less consciously so. Presidents are not elected according to square footage on a map.  If Republicans don’t wish to be left looking like the “Biggest Losers,” they need to divorce the far right and move their chairs near center aisle where hate has a better chance to dissipate. John Boehner and Mitch McConnell need to stop playing  good cop, bad cop. Their idea of common ground is to play only in their sandboxes. Perhaps fat cats play in them too, since each man shovels out a lot of poo.  Even after offering an olive branch to President Obama to avert the year-end fiscal cliff, Boehner stubbornly ‘rests on his laurels’ to protect the wealthy. They don’t believe that inflating tires, deflates costs. They must recognize that hate will not serve the American people. The dynamics of Congress must change by narrowing that abyss between ignorance and understanding. The majority of Americans have affirmed a politics of conviction and rejected a politics of obstruction.
    Page 2 of 2 -     Hate will continue to ride the carousel. There’s big money in controversy. That’s what the Glenn Becks and Rush Limbaughs of the world do best. Or, Donald Trump calling for a revolution. (That man seriously needs help!) Add Karl Rove’s meltdown after watching his “Fat Cat’s” $390 million get flushed down FOX’s communal privy. Who’ll they hate for that blunder?  But, any treatment for their depression should be covered under Obamacare.
        Even here in Arkansas, hate for diversity and change lives on. Quoting out of context, “clinging to guns or religion” has worn thin. For the first time since Reconstruction, ultra conservative ideologies, which natives seem to favor, allowed Republicans to seize control of the state Senate. Thinking only “inside the box” does not create progress. Neither will signing a petition calling for states to secede from the union. Have people lost their minds? As far back as 1928, the Republican Party campaign slogan was “A chicken in every pot.”  The Democratic Party response was, “don’t have a pot to put it in.” Hopefully, all Americans will be blessed with both a chicken and a pot. As President Obama said, “Hope is when you still believe, even when it’s hard.”   . . . . . .And, that’s my opinion.
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