www.mybaycity.com November 9, 2008
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Republicans Seem More Intent on Regaining Power Than in National Progress

Where is the Spirit of National Unity Necessary to Mend Country's Ills?

November 9, 2008
By: Dave Rogers

Nearly 3 million of these free stickers paying tribute to the coming Obama Presidency have already been given out by MoveOn.org.

Talk about entitlement programs!

Most of the buzz from the Republican Party in the aftermath of the Democratic electoral victory seems to be how quickly they can regain power, and what means will be employed to do so.

The attitude seems to be that the Republicans really were entitled to be in power forever, an idea Karl Rove floated regarding a perpetual conservative regime.

But we must respectfully point out that a political regime is only as good as their performance, and the results of the past eight years have told that tale quite adequately.

"Who Can Defeat Obama?" screamed one headline on AOL.com. Good Lord, the man has only just been elected and they are calling for his head. No one seems willing to give alternative ideas, or a President not named Bush, a chance.

Lost in the hyper-partisan rhetoric is the idea of national unity, of cooperation to restore a devastated economy, of reasonable discourse across party lines.

The charge, of course, is led by Rush Limbaugh and other shrill partisan hacks who make a living the old fashioned way -- by attacking everyone they don't agree with.

A little of that kind of talk goes a long way, especially when the president-elect is being guarded by Secret Service agents who see fit to brandish machine guns as they drive him to the gym for a workout. No need to inflame the atmosphere against the man on whom many rest their hopes for a return to prosperity and peace.

We thought the country voted on Nov. 4 for a new direction, for a new unity, for common cause to regain our national balance.

Are the Republicans, and the conservatives, emulating the Confederates who, when Abraham Lincoln was elected in 1860, seceded and launched military action?

The old saying about power corrupting, etc., was never more truly demonstrated in the last eight years.

We in this corner yearn for the World War II days, and post war, when it seemed there was a national spirit of cooperation to produce the goods the world would buy, and thereby build our society.

Don't we owe it to our young people, ages 18-29, who voted 2-1 for the Democratic ticket, to give the nation a chance to succeed? Can't we restrain our political rhetoric just slightly, wait at least a year or two to begin the campaign for 2012?

If a President Obama is going to be a bust, we will certainly know by 2010, won't we? And that will be soon enough to begin to think about a change.

If we are going to be in a state of perpetual political conflict we will be following the destructive path of banana republics like the ones I studied at Michigan State in the 1950s. Some regimes lasted only a day or so, and some countries had dozens of leaders, one after the other, because none of the factions could ever agree.

Conservatives say they will be monitoring the performance of the Barack Obama administration. That is certainly a commendable idea and in line with American principles.

However, they are already trying to count out the new President, marginalize him, destroy any bipartisan attempts, and therefore launching a destructive program that will only hurt the country -- all of us.###

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