On more than just local government

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

New Year's Promise

Over the past few months, life, I'm afraid, has gotten in the way of blogging.

I promise during 2005 to return to my blogging ways and provide for you some insight into issues of government at all levels.

Regarding 2005 and the strengthening of Republican power in Washington, there are three things they should remember:

1) Their win was based on an issue, a wedge one at that, and does not mean that people will accept everything they recommend in the same context. The issue of gay marriage, which was the driving force to get people to the polls, mostly via ballot initiatives, doesn't have "legs." For the most part, people don't really care what people do in their bedrooms. Nor are they much in opposition to people obtaining rights through "civil unions."

What ticked people off was the incursion of this issue into the institution of marriage. (Considering how much the heterosexual community has screwed this "sacred vow" up, it is a wonder any group would want in, but so be it.) A line was crossed. But this doesn't mean that everything that follows will be bought by those who oppose gay marriage.

The same situation happens in the area of abortion. Most people believe that a woman has a right to choose what to do with her body. However, certain procedures, especially late term abortions, are opposed by many of these same people.

It is up to the people who are seeking the "privileges" of marriage to weigh their wishes versus the consequences. Somewhat like the Nader voters in 2000 did...and see where it got them.

2) Democrats made significant gains at the state and local levels. In November, at least 5 state legislatures became either completely controlled by the Democrats, or partially so. Four of these were in "red" states. As the Republicans found when they were in the doldrums in the '70's and '80's, a party has to keep building its "bench strength." The Democrats are doing that and will be back in contention very soon.

3) Remember Denver Mayor Pena. After becoming the first Latino Mayor in Denver, he spoke to his supporters and said that, rather than gloating over the Anglos from whom they had just taken power, they needed to "serve everyone, as we had demanded when we were out of power." The partisanship in Washington is worse than it has ever been. It is driven by ideology and not the by the desire to fairly administer a nation which remains strongly divided.

There will be a price to pay. It will come when the inevitable shift of power occurs. It will likely not be pretty as the IOU's for revenge keep building.

Enough for now. Have a Happy New Year and I look forward to communicating to you far more often in 2005.