Do Americans Want To Be The Road Kills On Rove’s Crossroads?
The midterm elections are right around the corner, and according to most polls the GOP could make enough gains to have a majority in the House of Representatives while the Senate is likely to remain under the control of Democrats, with possibly a smaller majority. If this situation occurs, it is likely that the Republicans will focus their attention on undoing the health care and financial reform bills. What is to be expected, in this case scenario, is even more gridlock in Congress which would effectively freeze almost all legislative ambitions of the Obama administration. In other words, the do-very-little Congress will become the do-nothing Congress. But, how did we end up in this political predicament, and why would Americans want to put back the crew of the Titanic to run Congress?
American Crossroads: Rove Is The Real Boss Of The GOP And The Puppet Master of The Tea Party
Karl Rove is back as a major player in American politics. The man known as “Bush’s Brain” successfully engineered the move of George W.Bush’s administration, with some additions, to Fox News. And now, from Sarah Palin to Newt Gingritch, anyone with some political ambitions within the GOP is a political pundit on the “fair and balance” propaganda outlet. Beside Fox, the key of the possible gains by the GOP and their Tea Party bedfellows and foot soldiers is an electoral money machine, which, as a PAC, has raised more money( $30 million from undisclosed sources) than anyone else, in this election cycle. It is of course Karl Rove’s creation: American Crossroads.
If you read the “friendly”, and almost inclusive fuzzy propaganda concocted by Karl Rove for American Crossroads, you will understand that Rove is not only controlling the political message of the right, but also the funding within the GOP. By controlling both the money and the message, Rove has positioned himself as the ultimate king maker within the Republicans. For example, in the case of Tea Party newcomer Christine O’Donnell, Rove has decided that she wasn’t viable and needed (after all who needs two Sarah Palin), and made sure that her campaign was not funded generously. But, what is exactly the hodgepodge agenda of American Crossroads beside being a huge piggy bank for Rove and his allies? This is how Rove’s American Crossroads defines its “mission”. Because it specifically targets Tea Party activists with key words such as liberty etc, I isolated the trigger words in bold characters.
“American crossroads is a new kind of non-profit political organization dedicated to renewing America’s commitment to individual liberty, limited government, free enterprise and a strong national defense. In 2010, America faces much more than a choice among various candidates for public office. We face a crossroads. A fundamental decision about the future direction of our country that will impact America’s strength and character for years to come. We face a decision between two starkly different visions of America: one where the human creativity and initiative that are unleashed by liberty and free enterprise generate the economic growth this nation needs-and one where an increasingly powerful, all controlling federal government decides how to allocate the economic spoils.”
As one can see, the trick here for Karl Rove was to create a money raising machine for the GOP while capitalizing on the anger, and pseudo libertarian philosophy of the Tea Party movement. Sadly enough, and because a lot Americans are suffering from amnesia, it seems to be working, and American Crossroads has a large following on Facebook with almost 17,000 followers.
If Progressives, Greens And Latinos Turn Out At The Polls The Democrats Can Avoid A Disaster
It is a given that the GOP /Tea Party voters will show up on election day next week. But what is problematic for President Obama and the Democrats is the left, the green and the Latino vote. Will they stay home or show up at the polls and vote for 3rd party candidates, with no chance to win, as a protest vote?
Progressives have plenty to be upset about: despite President Obama’s electoral promises, Guantanamo is still in business, the Patriot Act is still in effect, the war in Iraq is not over, the war in Afghanistan has spread to Pakistan, the health care bill did not go far enough and the Democrats failed to crack down on Wall Street’s banksters.
Greens are not happy either. The climate changed bill was never passed by Congress, the handling of the BP oil spill by the Obama administration was badly blotched, and President Obama has just caved in to the oil company and the “Drill Baby Drill” crowd by lifting the moratorium on offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Latino vote is also compromised by the failure of a Democrat controlled Congress and President Obama to push through an immigration reform bill giving 12 million illegal immigrants a pass to citizenship, as candidate Obama promised during the 2008 campaign.
So this election cycle could be a repeat of Gore versus Bush, in 2000, when the left gave a stolen victory(compliment of the Supreme Court) to Bush by voting for Ralph Nader or even a replay of Bush versus Kerry in 2004 when too many Americans were too dumb to comprehend that George W. Bush was leading the country to an imminent disaster.
In conclusion, if the progressives, greens and Latinos vote for the Democrats without enthusiasm and even holding up their noses, then the dead end of Rove’s crossroads to perdition will be avoided. Otherwise, America will joyfully embark a redesigned, re-branded version of the Titanic.