As the results slowly trickled in, on November 4, 2010, we saw individuals like Judge Sandoval, Nikki Haley, Susana Martinez, Tim Scott, and Kristi Noem winning their respective elections. We even saw candidate Adam Miller for the “Rent Is Too Damn High” party win one percent of the votes in his New York race. There was widespread fear from incumbents across the board because of the clear voter disapproval of the current political landscape. Even rising stars like Congressman Aaron Schock (R) was a little bit scared for his seat.
By the day’s end, the Republican Party held, for the incoming year, 239 House seats to the Democrats 189, ensuring the Democrats no longer have an absolute monopoly over the political landscape. The Democrats still hold a majority of the Senate; however, their majority has been cut significantly to now only 53 Democrats to 46 Republicans. It is important to note that several of the Senators who generally caucus with the Democrats are known to be moderate or even conservative on several issues (e.g., Joe Lieberman). And also, the Blue Dog Democrats may be more willing to negotiate and work with the Republicans in fear that they may be ousted in the 2012 elections. Maybe we’ll actually be able to see some bipartisan activity from the two houses.
The voice of the voting masses seems to be rather clear; people no longer want to hear the same sickening sound of business as usual. They no longer want the reign of the good ol’ boys club or Chicago-style politics. The people want real change. A call-to-action has been sounded, and politicians have been duly notified to watch out and not slack on their duties to the country and the people. The people want legislation and strategy that will actually help the growth of our nation. No more under-the-table, underhanded, and sleazy “buddy-buddy” behavior. We no longer want our President to travel internationally and once again return a complete failure and have countries like South Korea and China sit in a backroom laughing at our negotiation efforts for free trade while playing poker with our credit checks. We want our country to stop bleeding, begin healing, and slowly move towards the black and maybe one day into the green. Across the nation the message seemed to be clear.
However, in some states (e.g., my beloved home state of California) the voting results were utterly confusing. The ridiculous and confusing aspect of the California election had nothing to do with the Governor and Senator elections. I personally felt that all the candidates were extremely weak. The people decided to vote for known failures and crooks over highly likely failures. My business mind dictated my vote; however, at the end of the day, the results do not make much of a difference in my mind. California is a near lost cause. We are broke and no longer moving towards the black but quickly tumbling down a steep cliff into red obscurity. We are a lost cause when it comes to fiscal policy. Clearly, no one in the California political spectrum (Democrats, Republicans, Independents, etc . . . ) paid any attention in their basic finance, economics, or logic classes.
California is not known for its success in the realm of economics and finance; we are known for our supposed social awareness. We purport to be accepting and open, a place for individuals to express themselves and be free and happy without government dictating how we live our lives and what we do with our bodies. This is what we say. However, the fact is, every time we have the opportunity to take a stand and make an actual difference . . . what do we do? We vote to ensure that chickens have more rights than human beings. We talk the talk but do not walk the walk. The masses may want to blame the conservative base of California for these losses; however, there are more registered Democrats than Republicans in the state of California. These conservative-based groups can pump as much money into a campaign as they like, but first, the liberal base has a significant amount of personal funds to neutralize anything from the conservative base and second, as Meg Whitman learned this past election, at the end of the day, you cannot buy an election.
Why do Californians purport to be open and accepting, but vote differently? I guess because, in this case, it is so important to protect individuals from victimless crimes and therefore, even if we’re broke, we should spend a significant amount of money policing the market to ensure that individuals cannot make a decision on what they do with their bodies. I bet if we had a vote regarding these stupid TSA x-ray scanners, Californians would vote that groping people at the airport is just fine and dandy. At the end of the day, California equals a big failure. We stink in the arena of fiscal policy, and we are a bunch of liars when it comes to social awareness and responsibility.
Turning back to the general election, hopefully there will be an era of some sort of change actually coming to D.C. The GOP seems to be getting the message and is supposedly working to promote a youthful and more minority-filled party through their new set of freshman congressmen and junior senators. As for the Democrats, they had the brilliant idea of reelecting Pelosi to continue in her position as leader of their congressional team. Have the tides changed and the party of supposed youth and change really become a bunch of old-timing, stubborn individuals while the party stereotypically known as rich, business-minded, Caucasian men is stretching its wing and pulling in the female, younger, and minority groups? November 4, 2010 may be the day that we look back towards as the beginning of a positive political movement, or it may be another day of false hope and just pure rhetoric, as November 4, 2008 has shown to be. My young but extremely jaded mind sadly feels that the latter will hold truer, but time will tell.