Today the Democrat Party is unquestionably the political party in control.
Democrats control the executive branch and both Houses of Congress. Whether or not the Democrat Party believes this give them absolute control of national politics will be borne out in the near future.
Absolute power is fraught with its own dangers.
"Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely" is a well-known quotation attributed to Lord John Dalberg Acton (1834-1912), an English historian.
This quotation will no doubt be reappearing in the future.
Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., appears to be falling into the absolute power trap.
Her statement on Feb. 10 urged fellow members of the House to support healthcare legislation even if they knew they would be sacrificing their own House seats in the upcoming elections. In effect, she is saying, as Jim Jones said to his cult followers in Guyana, urging mass suicide, "You guys drink the Kool-Aid."
Note that Nancy Pelosi represents San Francisco, one of the most secure seats in Congress at the present. That is, with Pelosi in control.
Speaker Pelosi's power base is the Democratic Party. Whether or not she is aware of how little power she wields today, a glance at the polls indicates that her base, the Democrat Party, has lost affiliations from January 2009 to February 2010 of some 5.8 percent.
Republicans and independents as of February 2010 were gaining voters, picking up 6.1 percent. According to Rasmussen polls, independents surged ahead and were challenging Republicans. Those choosing “other” affiliations rose to 32.9 percent, overtaking Republicans whose poll numbers stood at 32.1 percent.
This exodus from the Democratic Party was one of the most rapid changes in political influence since the Eisenhower years.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi is standing on a rapidly eroding political base, hardly substantial enough to demand such sacrifices from her fellow members of Congress. She seemed to be relying on the sheer arrogance of her statement to carry the day.
President Obama's approval ratings held steady in August and September 2009 before declining later in the fall. On Feb. 28, 2010, the Real Clear Politics poll showed the president's job approval rating at 49.1 percent while 45.9 percent disapproved, a spread of 3.2 percent.
The U.S. Congress' approval rating fell deep into the tank at 18.8 percent, with a disapproval rating of 75.6 percent, an enormous spread of 56.8 percent.
According to a Feb. 24 Rasmussen Report, Congress has reached the highest disapproval level ever in their reports which show that 71 percent of Americans now say Congress is doing a poor job.
Other recent polling shows that 63 percent of the voters said it would be better for the country if most incumbents in Congress were defeated this November.
In addition, 60 percent of the voters polled believe that neither Democrat or Republican political leaders have a good understanding of what is needed today. Only 21 percent believe that the federal government enjoys the consent of the governed.
Scott Rasmussen in his latest book, “In Search of Self-Governance,” notes, "Today, Americans are united, united in the belief that our political system is broken, that politicians are corrupt, and that neither major political party has the answers." He adds, “Some of us are ready to give up. Some of us are ready to scream a little louder. But all of us believe we can do better."
The battle over the healthcare bill still rages on. President Obama intends to see healthcare legislation pass regardless of public opinion.
At the present, the majority of Americans, 52 percent, do not want the healthcare bill to pass, while 44 percent are in favor, an increase of those in favor up some 3 percent in the past week.
Rep. John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, is annoyed that Washington Democrats either aren’t listening or just don’t care that they lack support for their “massive government take-over of healthcare.”
He wrote in the Washington Times: “Democrats are going to try to ram it through by by using the toxic ‘reconciliation’ maneuver. As if there weren’t already enough kickbacks, payoffs and sweetheart deals surrounding this job-killing monstrosity.”
He noted, “The healthcare reform debate isn’t about what politicians in Washington want. It’s about the American people. It’s about the families asking, ‘Where are the jobs?’ while Democrats in Washington remain focused on this massive government takeover of healthcare that would just destroy more jobs.”
Boehner concluded, “It’s time for Democrats to unplug their ears and listen to the American people.”
Otherwise, like the billboard says, “America’s coming for you, Congress!"
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