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November 2, 2010

Open thread for Election Day (and Oliwood legislators)

Exciting times today with contested elections all over the place, and with the Oliwood legislature in session to consider proposals to reform the state's rape law.  This post provides an open thread for anyone and everyone eager to raise questions or make comments about any part of today's activities.

Here is one key question for collective consideration that merges today's events:  Have any major contested races in Ohio or elsewhere focused on criminal justice issues and need Oliwood legislators worry about what future political opponents might say about how they respond to proposals to reform the state's rape law?

UPDATE:  Kudos to all the members of the Oliwood legislature for a job well done, especially all of the drafters of proposed legislation. 

As a follow-up to the prior inquiry, I wonder if any of the legislators would have acted/spoken differently if he/she knew that our legislative session was being recorded and streamed/archived on the internet.  That is what all Ohio legislators now know.

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Some random thoughts (which are sure to be unpopular around the law school) on the election results:

1) For two decades, the Republican Party has been a middle-of-the-road, watered-down version of its former self. This led many of us to become independants and to stop voting along party lines. The parade of horrible candidates (Bush, Dole, W, McCain) and eight years of bad policies under Bush 2.0 created a backlash against the Republicrat Party. In 2008, we gave the White House and both houses of Congress to the most liberal Democrats to come down the pike in many, many years. I personally hoped that either they would succeed (and convince me that my conservative beliefs were wrong) or that they would take our country to the brink of disaster. Over the 2-year Obama-Pelosi Reign of Terror, the far right-wing of the Republican Party rose up, grabbed the party, and pulled it out of the center and back to where it belongs. The utter failure of the Democrats has done more to "fix" the Republican Party than anything it could have done on its own. We have emerged from this 2-year disaster with a strong party with new, conservative leaders.

2) The Democratic leaders (starting with President Obama) are so arrogant and out of touch that they seem unable to comprehend the results of Tuesday's elections. When asked if they agree that the American people have soundly rejected their policies, President Obama and the Democratic talking heads all basically respond with, "No. The American people would agree with what we're doing if they knew what we were doing. Unfortunately, we have not communicated clearly with the people and they don't understand." Really? I think that the Democrats have very clearly and boldly stated their goals, policies, and actions to the American people. Pelosi went to Congress two years ago and basically said, "We have a mandate and an overwhelming majority. We control both houses and the White House. If the Republicans don't agree with what we want to do, screw them. We can steam-roll over them and they have no say and no power to stop us." And then the Democrats did exactly that.

This arrogant attitude of "the American people are too stupid to know what's going on and need us to do things for them" is the fundamental underlying attitude of the Democratic Party. For example, if you ask a Republican how they feel about abortion, they will probably respond, "I am against it personally, but I think it should be left up to the states as provided by the Constitution." Ask a Democrat and they'll say, "Some states are so backwards that they think abortion should be illegal. Since I disagree with that opinion, I think the Supreme Court should take that right away from those idiot states and impose our liberal view on everyone."

Time for class, so I guess I'll have to rant more later.

Posted by: Keith Edwards (student) | Nov 4, 2010 9:24:11 AM

Rant 2.0

The hypocrisy of President Obama is both funny and sad. After two years of not compromising with the Republicans on ANYTHING, he is suddenly calling for bipatisanship and cooperation. This leads me to wonder: ?!?!?!?!?!?

Also, we now have a volatile mixture of the most liberal Democrats in recent memory working side by side with the most conservative Republicans in recent memory. The Republicans are heading to Washington to start undoing the damage that's been done by the irresponsible spending of Democrats and moderate Republicans over the past decade. Their driving philosophy is that we need to keep taxes low and drastically cut spending. Their "teammates" in Congress are Democrats who think that we need to raise taxes and "spend our way out of the recession." What common ground could these two groups possibly find to build upon?

Posted by: Keith Edwards (student) | Nov 4, 2010 1:57:15 PM

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