Democrats running for one of the 435 House and one-third of the Senate seats in Congress up for grabs in next month’s mid-term election wish President Barack Obama would discover his inner Tip O’Neil. That former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives famously declared that “all politics are local” in the 1980s when trying to distance Democrats running for Congress from the electorate’s loathing of Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis at the top of their national tickets. O’Neil first used the phrase in 1935 when he lost his first and only race Cambridge (Mass.) City Council.
O’Neil was right in 1935, wrong in the ‘80s.
Inconveniently for Democrats, President Obama was right on October 6, 2010 when he has stated:
“I’m not on the ballot this fall … but make no mistake, these policies are on the ballot — every single one of them.”
His former Chief of Staff, David Axelrod declared his former employer’s utterance, “a mistake.”
Yes, when Democrats speak the truth, it usually is a mistake because it highlights their failed policies. But when voters choose representatives to serve in the U.S. Congress, such elections are and should always be based upon national economic and security concerns. Democrats prefer to have you vote for them because they look good, turn a cute phrase, demonize their Republican opponent as a heartless bigot, or “identify” with your skin color or genitalia.
But when Democrats get to Washington, they vote the party line on things like Obamacare, energy and food price-raising and job-killing regulations. They refuse to vote to stop rogue Obama’s from making “law” via executive fiat and empower their Democrat presidents to appease our enemies abroad with powerlessness. As we have urged in this space before, vote the Party of Lincoln exclusively for Congress and President until the Party of Obama gets its mind right.
But as the new City of Brookhaven disaster continues, all local politics are local. We agreed with the more liberal Jeff Dickerson recently on the Georgia Gang when he chastised his conservative fellow panelists Dick Williams and Phil Kent thusly:
“You claim to hate government, so why do you want to create more of them.”
And while fellow conservatives generally prefer that more political decisions be made at the state and local level due to supposed greater political accountability the closer one’s representative lives to you, such is not always the case.
Are the police and fire departments more ubiquitous in their presence and faster in their response times in the New City? No. But traffic tickets are, and not just to “foreign” non-residents passing through that were supposed to pay for the supposed new Mecca torn from previously unincorporated DeKalb County. How about the cronyism-devised drawing of District One? And finally, for now, can’t even fellow non-tree huggers agree that the large-scale felling of old oaks and Georgia pines in residential areas has been enabled in a dictatorial way, even if technically “democratic”? This conservative thinks so.
We also fear further economic tyranny by licensing as so aptly described by liberal Jonathan Chait recently in New York Magazine when he found that incumbent re-election percentages in the high 90th percentile just as in national elections and as tracked by party.
Local politics are local and this national Republican regularly votes for Democrats at the local level. And if we want to reverse the tyranny of more New City Movement governments and reign in the excesses in Brookhaven many will need to join me and enjoy the braying of local donkeys.
[Originally published by the Atlanta Times News]
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson