There has been a lot of frustration felt by many of us over the course of the last few weeks, and one of the biggest sources of it has been the fact that so many people appear to be ignorant of just which party played a significant role in the ongoing economic crisis. Seeing as that the economy is the number one issue on voters minds right now, you’d think that they wouldn’t want to see the party in power who turned the other cheek when Republicans – including McCain – pushed for more oversight and strong regulation of Fannie Mae an Freddie Mac in an attempt to prevent what has happened the last several weeks from happening. Many Democrats, as readers of this blog know already, rejected those attempts. Others, like Barack Obama, did nothing. In fact, the two Democrats in the Senate who have gotten the most money from the FMs are … Christpher Dodd (D-CT) and Barack Obama. Yet here we stand, on the verge of seeing Barack Obama elected as president.
We all remember the controversy over former GOP Congressman Mark Foley (FL-16) who resigned in disgrace after it was reported that he had sent lewd instant messages to a 17 y/o page. The GOP ran Joe Negron in his place in an attempt to hold on to that seat, but West Palm Beach Democrat Tim Mahoney, who campaigned in part on a “family values” platform, defeated Negron (whose name was not on the ballot – Foley’s was) by 2 percentage points to go on and represent Florida’s 16th district.
I often despair about what direction our country’s youth will take us once they are in positions to be movers and shakers. But this heartwarming story out of Aledo, TX about a high school there that voted as homecoming queen an 18-year-old senior who has Down syndrome tells me that sometimes our nation’s young people do get it right … probably more often then I give them credit for!