Right Wing Purity Tests Elect Democrats
The major uproar of late has been concerning the shutdown of the government over the budget, debt limit, and mostly… the individual mandate in Obamacare. Fists have been flying from all sides; Democrats blaming Republicans, Republicans blaming Democrats and worst of all, Republicans blaming Republicans. As I sat back and watched the drama unfold over the days of the shutdown I sadly acknowledged the back and forth finger pointing between the “conservative” and “moderate” wings of the Republican Party and I realized something huge, the fault of this entire mess America is in right now is not the fault of John Boehner or Ted Cruz; it is the fault of voters almost a year ago.
We are quickly approaching the one year anniversary of Election Day 2012. That was a day that Republicans of all factions let down the country they claimed they loved. I barely remember that infamous day because I was and had been working incredibly hard as a political staffer to “Get Out the Vote” but I do remember very clearly the day after the election when I woke up extremely disappointed and heartbroken.
I wasn’t mad at the Democrats. I was angry with Republicans; we had no one to blame but ourselves for that loss. Obama’s numbers were down from his election in 2008, yet we still managed to hand Romney a loss. Not only did Romney lose, but we also lost seats in the House as well as crucial race that could have potentially tied the Senate. If we had a Republican President, Vice President, House of Representatives, AND a tied Senate we wouldn’t be in our current predicament. The Democrats would have nothing and we could actually be passing a budget and working on the debt crisis.
However thanks to many Republican voters; who sat behind their computers and whined on social media about Romney not being conservative enough for their tastes, how this Congressman didn’t vote their way on some specific bills, and that Senatorial candidate wasn’t the one they had wanted to win the primaries; gave them no excuse to not vote last November (and definitely does not give them the right to complain about the bill passed by the House and Senate last week). It’s not Congress’ fault that we are in the current mess! It is the fault of the Republican voters who refused to vote last year because the candidates on the ballot were not their top choices.
I am not opposed to voting out a member of Congress who votes with the other party more often than not or who has some serious policy issues. But that is a battle meant to be fought in the primaries because, after that, we must unify behind the candidate chosen by the majority and rally the troops around the nominee. I am extremely thankful for the voters who did turn out to vote in the general election last November. They are the people who are willing to put aside differences for the common good of the country they truly love.