Bipartisan? Not so much…

We’re still on the mend here. Lee and I are functioning at about 80% today, which is a huge improvement. Landon is by far still the worst but hopefully in the next day or two he will turn a corner as well. In the meantime, well, I’m going to discuss politics again. I know, I know, I said I’d stop but there’s really just so much going on these days, how can we ignore it?

Listen, I’m appalled, dismayed, outraged, you-name-it, about the “stimulus” bill that passed last night. Dana wrote a great article about it for BlogHer and since I can’t say it any better than what she did, I’ll let you read her words. In a nutshell, though, she makes the point that while this is being touted as a stimulus, what it is is another bailout – and it’s a bad one.

What I would like to talk about, however, is the idea of bipartisanship that everyone seems to be going on and on about but no one is really making an effort to achieve. Look, I’ll be honest with you here. I only received two C’s in all of my college career. One was in Earthquakes and Other Natural Disasters, which – well, okay that’s embarrassing. The other was in Political Science. Incidentally, I also barely passed that class in high school as well. It just didn’t make sense to me. Executive Branch, Legislative Branch, Judicial Branch, blah, blah, blah…

I didn’t vote in an election until 2000. I could have voted in the ’96 election but I was barely 18 and truly could have cared less. I’m not even sure I knew what day the elections were held. So my first experience voting was the 2000 race between Gore and Bush. My husband stayed up late into the night watching the crazy results – I went to bed because blah, blah, blah.

So, there’s a brief bit of history. I’m no political expert and I am not trying to be. But, I do care now about the political climate of this country more than ever before and now that I’m a mother, the decisions that these politicians make matter to me. As Dana has said before (yes, I quote her a lot, but I respect her very much and appreciate her amazing gift with words) motherhood is political.

So, here’s my take on this situation. President Obama came into office proclaiming his desire to reach across party lines and work in a bipartisan matter. Well, he’s one week into office and I’m already doubting the sincerity of those words. Did I really think he meant it? I don’t know. I hoped. As I said here, I want his success.

What happened yesterday, however, was anything but bipartisan. Which brings me to the climax of this post. I do not feel like there should be the opportunity for one party to have such a broad majority in the House. If we’re going to be a bipartisan nation, then we need a bipartisan government and when we have a party that is so dominant, bipartisanship goes down the drain. It’s all about survival of the fittest. This bill did not have one single supporter from the GOP. Does that not say something? House Republicans were not trying to deny America the help that it needs. But they saw things in this stimulus, nay BAILOUT, bill that were flagrant and unnecessary and all they asked was for their voices to be heard.

But it’s a popularity contest right now and the Democrats win. I’m not saying that the Republicans are perfect and their ideas were a save all, but come on – they deserve to have a say because they speak for a lot of people in this country. The last poll I heard, 40% of the American population disapproved of this package. Is that not significant?

To the Democratic party – look, you guys won elections fair and square (for the most part). You’re in office because we the people put you there. But just because you have the majority doesn’t mean you get to bully us. We want a voice and we deserve a say in the direction you take our country. Don’t say you’re going to work in a bipartisan way then walk away laughing. If you plan on running our government like this for the next four years, then please, have the dignity to tell it like it is. Don’t lie to us because we’re not buying it.

So that’s my take. We now have an massive bill out there that’s going to cost us and our children a lot of money. It was passed by a majority, but the entire majority was of the same party. This, in my opinion, is where we went wrong. There’s another chance today as the bill goes to the Senate. Will Obama listen? Will he follow through on his word to work in a bipartisan manner? Well, I certainly hope so because I want to believe in my President. But, you know, don’t listen to me. I’m just the girl who got a C in Poly Sci.


  1. KC Silverman says

    Kellik Can I vote for YOU?

    Ditto for me on the blah-blah-blah, “c-in-college-PolySci” route to my now obsession with the political scene. I even used to ask Eric to turn off the “Loud Yelling Guys Show” (aka, any political talk show) but am floundering at the new Laura Ingraham-less life I live. I’m taking the loss of Laura harder in my life than my real friends (ok, maybe not).

    I want good things for our president, and our country and the country my children will live as citizens in someday.

    [takes a deep breath. Steps down from the soapbox.]

  2. Amy (chaseafterwind) says

    I also foolishly hoped maybe Obama really would make an effort at being a more bi-partisan, non-partisan, whatever kind of president. But even before he took the oath of office, as the names of his cabinet began coming out…I was like “Hey! I thought his cabinet was going to be Democrats AND Republicans?!” Correct me if I am wrong, but I think he has only appointed two Republicans, if you count Robert Gates, who is just staying on for another year. I guess I should be impressed that he even appointed two???

    Everywhere I go, I keep hearing stuff about how Obama is the President of the people, how we are FINALLY united, we are ALL ONE AT LAST KUMBAYA!

    Barack Obama only won 53% of the popular vote. That means 47% of Americans DIDN’T think he ought to be their president – which is pretty significant, hardly the supposed UNITY being talked about. I understand the gush of good feelings going on all over the place, and I do continue to hope for the best, despite the fact that Obama has already failed to represent ME by rescinding the Mexico City Policy. It’s just weird how in the public sphere it seems like anyone who feels differently doesn’t count, doesn’t even exist.

  3. Ditto girl. At least your heart has some kindness to it, pleading for honesty from the dems and all. My take on it is “give America what they asked for…go ahead” and then let them see what Obama has really done. Then in 2012 a Repbulican will hopefully, emerge and win and clean up the mess of the previous 4 years. Honestly, right now my question turns to the Republican party. They aren’t exactly grooming any young and fresh guys to succeed Obama and that bugs me. (If I’m out of the loop on that one someone please correct me!) I mean Sarah ain’t going to do it in 2012…unless she does some sort of miracle working in the next 4 years. Sorry..I’m digressing….

    Glad to hear you guys are on the mend!