Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Tide is Turning

At least it appears that way so far.  With the first round of mid-term primary elections having occurred this past Tuesday in various states we are already seeing that many Congressional seats, both Senate and House, will have some serious Republican contenders.  This is due in large part to support from Tea Party groups, which I have expressed to have not much faith in.  Though, we have seen at least one candidate come out of a Tea Party group and won the Republican primary in Kentucky.  For those that are unfamiliar with him, his name is Rand Paul.  This is the son of Ron Paul, the famous Republican Congressman from Texas that ran for President in 1988 as a Libertarian, then again in 2008 as a Republican, but did not make it past the primaries having lost to John McCain.

Hi, I'm Rand Paul.

Rand Paul, however, has an uphill battle ahead of him to win the election in November.  Sure he has the backing of many of the Tea Party groups in Kentucky, but he will need to win over the rest of the Republicans and even some of the Democrats in that state.

There are more mid-term primaries coming up in June, including in my state (California).  We have three candidates vying for the Republican nomination to run against Barbara Boxer, this fall.  This is shaping up to be a rather heated race.  Even though California is a decidedly Democratic state, many people are fed up with not just how the country is being run, but also how the state is being run.  It is quite possible we may end up with a Republican winning Boxer's seat.

One thing to consider, however, in this fall's elections, is if we have a huge swing in the number of first term senators and representatives will this be ultimately better, or worse for this country.  No longer is there the large portion of the country that will "just vote for the incumbent."  We will all need to scrutinize who we are putting up for election and decide if they can really do the job in sending this country in the right direction.

It is obvious that the majority of the people in this country do not believe we are.  From the recently passed Health Care Reform bill (which could very well get even partially vetoed by Obama due to the rising costs associated with it), to the current disaster in the Gulf of Mexico which is causing people to rethink their support for off-shore drilling.

One thing is for certain, we are definitely at another major turning point in our nation's history.  Will we like what we see on the other side, or are we going to continue following in the footsteps of the Roman Empire and end up a shadow of our former selves, ultimately witnessing the beginning of the fall of the American Empire?

Only time will tell...

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