This is all about the 2010 election and the true results of that election. I know it was almost 4 months ago and I may be late with this post, but I feel the need to speak out.
You constantly hear our elected Republican officials speak about how the people have spoken. The Tea Party members are constantly justifying their plans to force their beliefs on the American people by stating the people have voted. The people have spoken and they want the kind of change the Tea party embraces..
Well, I am here to say BS. The people did not vote in 2010. The people are not represented by the likes of the Tea Party. Unfortunately the people decided to stay home and not vote in the 2010 election. Which if you really think about it is a statement in its self. They are probably tired of the constant crooks and political representatives that don’t represent the common person. They don’t represent the majority of the country. We have 3 branches of government in this country. They are supposed to provide a form of checks and balances. However, what do you do when all 3 branches have become corrupted? When all 3 branches no longer care about the American people and only care about themselves and the corporate money they get in election campaign funds?
So, what does this mean? It means we have these 40 Tea Party candidates in the House of Representatives. It means we have 80 freshmen Representatives. They also won 5 seats in the Senate. As far as incumbents are concerned the Tea Party mostly took over the seats from Blue Dog Democrats. As we all know Blue Dogs are just Republicans in Democratic clothing. So with a truthful look at the results the republicans only won 40 additional seats. The non Tea Party freshman.
Lets look at this from a percentage standpoint. I’ll take the Senate first. The tea Party won a 5% voice in the Senate and they are Freshman. Basically this means they have absolutely no power as they probably won’t be appointed to the really powerful committees. Lets face it the Senate is nothing more than a good ole boys club. They will become nothing more than patsy votes for the Republican party while they continue their push to make sure nothing comes out of the Senate without a super majority vote of 61 votes. Everybody kept saying that the Democrats did nothing since 2007 when they gained a majority. But the only place they had a majority with any power was the House. While there, they sent 300+ very good bills to the Senate to be passed. But because the Republicans played games and filibustered, though they were never forced into a true filibuster, they managed to kill every single bill. The Democrats never had a super majority in the Senate. There was a couple of months where they actually had 59 votes, but for most of those 4 years they only had 57 votes. A super majority takes 61 votes to drive things past childish Republicans playing the NO game. So what we are left with is 5 Tea Party Senators that can’t do more than be a pest and at best get their votes bought by one party or the other.
On to the House. Here we have 40 brand new representatives that were backed by the Tea Party. Again lets look at what that means in percentages. They now control 9.1% of the House. What exactly do they think they will do with all that power? They are freshman, they won’t get appointed to any high power committees. So again they are nothing more than a group of people that can be pests and have their votes bought. So now the house is controlled by the Republicans and they can start passing the kind of bills that they want. However, they still have to deal with a Democratic controlled Senate. I hope the Democrats stand up and do the same thing that the Republicans have done for the past 4 years.
So what we have here is a mid term election that had approximately 42% of voters speaking their mind. While the Tea Party did make some in roads into our government I don’t think it was anywhere near enough to allow them to be so smug. Lets not forget all 435 Representatives were voted on and the Republicans netted 63 seats. That is 14.4%. Yes it gave them a majority, but a lot of Democrats were voted for in this election. In the Senate the Democrats lost 6 seats or 6%. They still maintain a majority. Yes it is a tiny majority of 2 seats, but still a majority. None of the races were blowouts most were won by a couple of percentage points or less. So we have 42% of the country voting, races won by a small amount. Just for the sake of an argument lets say they received 25% of the votes where they won. So 25% is the people speaking out? 25% is the majority has spoken? Lets not forget that the 25% was not in 100% of the races. So now we can probably reduce it to 20% or less.
These people don’t speak for me. These people never have spoken for me. I believe we need to continue to take this country forward. We don’t need to go backward as the Tea Party wants or as the trinity of opinionated boobs would like. This country was built on forward thinking, progressive actions.