Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Something to think about

I want to share with you part of a discussion that has been going on in a board I belong to. Though the subject is about judicial nominations, I think what your about to read goes far beyond that subject. Copied with permission from the author, Amber.

I think that the goal behind your argument is short-sighted.

Whatever chicanery that's gone on in the past is irrelevant, unless you are proposing that we continue to permit our legislators to run the government like a school yard feud rather than the very serious business of governing the nation.

We can’t just live in the *now*. While I understand the temptation to slide through every conservative agenda that’s been bogged down by the liberals in the past, conservatives would be doing themselves and their constituents a disservice. The purpose of the government is to represent the people. Our representatives fail in this very important job when they for _partisan_ reasoning do everything in their power to force their agenda.

Look at this election. 49% of the nation did not support Bush. Look at the individual Senate races, most particularly where Daschle was unseated. The race was unbelievably close. What does that tell us? That while the majority won the seat, that the “minority” is not much of a minority, considering the size. These people are still deserving of representation.

The importance of the ideal becomes even more crucial when we are talking about judicial appointments. These people are in their seats until they resign or die. A great disservice is done to the people when one side uses its majority power to nominate and especially install judges whose judgment is not remotely representative of the other 49% of the people. No matter what spin we put on it, no matter how many cases we resurrect of it being done in the past, it doesn’t make it right.

You said:

“…how do you think we got so many liberal judges in the 1960s? It was because Democrats controlled both the White House and Senate. That is how it is SUPPOSED to work. The culture of our country does swing like a pendulum. Why shouldn't it continue to do so in the same way it always has?”

I couldn’t have stated my case any better. The culture of our country shouldn’t swing like a pendulum, from one extreme to the other. Like some drunk tooling down the highway of politics. It should drive vigilantly forward, watching for obstructions. It should with care and consideration swerve gently to the left of the right, depending on the obstruction, then return to the lane of moderation and continue on its way, in a prudent forward progression.

You said:

“Note that if Democrats had a majority in the Senate, president Bush would HAVE to pick judges that they would approve of. Why should he also have to do the same thing when Democrats DON'T control the Senate?”

To reiterate, we are not talking about Democrat vs Republican. We are talking about elected officials representing their constituency. How do you effectively represent a 49% Democrat constituency by pushing only hard right ideals?

Again, look to the future. There will come a day in our lifetime that the Democrats will be back in power. Or perhaps another political body other than Republican or Democrat. Republicans have an opportunity to set the wheels in motion to alter the political climate. There will never be a better opportunity as we would be extending that gracious olive branch from a position of power.

Although I disagree with what Amber wrote about the judicial nominations, I think that the rest of this post is fantastic. Reading around right-wing blogs and reading right-wing groups, you would think that this past election was won by a super majority. Guess what folks? It wasn't. This country is basically split right down the middle. OUR representatives need to take that into consideration. This is a time when conservative can REALLY reach across the aisle. It's also a time when ALL of our representatives need to really look at the whole of the country. Most people aren't far right or far left, they fall right down the middle. Both sides of the aisle need to pay attention to that. This is not a time to reach out to those who are on the fringe, this is a time to look at those in the middle, in other words, most of the country.