2008 U.S. Elections – Best Case Scenario

electionbutton.jpgWhether one is Conservative, Moderate or Liberal, most Americans would agree that the last seven years have been a dark page in our history. The current administration, led by George W. Bush, has consistently misled Congress and the American people, misused power by acting as if the Constitution was an impediment to their goals. Initiating a war in Iraq and lying about the facts; Passing laws to restrict civil liberties, disregarding scientific data about the changes in the environment and so much more. The list of crimes is too numerous to recount and would require volumes of historical texts that have yet to be written by academics. Even Richard Nixon was more discreet about his constitutional violations.

Since impeachment proceedings will not be completed before George W. Bush’s term of office concludes, the Republicans must also be held accountable in the next election.

Although the Democrats have failed to provide the appropriate political counter balance, they are not as responsible as the party that consistently supported Mr. Bush. It is difficult to conceive of any republican being elected this year for the presidency or Congress. The Republican party deserves to be overwhelmingly defeated on all State and Federal levels to send a clear message to both both parties that the people expect more from their government.

The potential imbalance to the two party system created by rejecting Republicans is outweighed by the likelihood that they will be forced to re-examine their position on numerous issues such as obscuring the separation of Church and State by incorporating conservative evangelical religion into its mainstream philosophy and using it to ‘demonize’ Democrats, Liberals and Moderates. Rejecting this philosophy will in the end create a more balanced Republican Party. It can also serve as a reminder to the Democrats that the electorate will be more apt to do the same to them if they don’t do a better job at governing as a majority party.

Senator John McCain, an honorable man, fine senator and true patriot in the traditional sense of an American hero virtually stands as the lone Republican in a party replete of morality or conscience. He maintains support for staying in Iraq “until the job is done”, a position strongly based on ethical principles. He is for repairing, with modifications, the failing medical care structure by leaving its control in the hands of the private sector. Companies who, as private enterprises, are more accountable to stockholders than the American public. He would appoint conservative Supreme Court justices that would further the deterioration of the judicial system, some of whose decisions in the past ten years have been troubling. Therefore, his fine service to the country is not enough to elect him or any Republican to the presidency in the coming election.

The Democrats have learned from being a minority party, still struggling as the majority in both House and Senate, part of which has been due to the slim statistical mandate. They will need a veto-proof Congress (two-thirds majority) to get anything accomplished, especially in a strong bi-partisan struggle.

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, both represent change and history. He undeniably has charisma, vision and a fiery nature that would re-vitalize the Presidency, reminiscent of John F. Kennedy and a very young Nelson Mandela . She represents a strong woman who has the character, experience and guts to make hard decisions, with one of the most articulate problem solvers as a trusted unofficial advisor, former President Bill Clinton.

The solution to the struggle for the Democratic nomination seems to be galvanizing toward Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the same ticket. Either scenario would be acceptable and electable. The battle for the nomination should continue. Whoever has the clear majority at the end of the primary stage, no matter how slim, should be the Presidential nominee. The other, the Vice-Presidential candidate. This is what the vast majority of the electorate is gravitating towards in what is proving to be a unique election. The two candidates need to cease infighting, privately agree to terms for this outcome, and abide by the will of the people. The vice presidential role in the next administration, who ever it is, should be influential, part of the cabinet, and ready to take over as president should unforeseen circumstances occur. Both represent the best hope to restore the integrity of the presidency and of the United States that has been stained by the current occupant of the White House, George W. Bush, and his manipulating Vice-President, Dick Cheney.