Think the Republicans in Congress are a tad farblondzhet or fardeiget? Oops, Iâ€™ve reverted to Yiddish. My humble apologies for diverting from our proposed â€œnational language.â€? (I suspect my mother understood, though. Sheâ€™s generally quite proud of her social worker son, however meshugeh she thinks I am.) What I meant to say was: think the Republicans in Congress are a tad confused or worried? Having hitched their wagons to a pony that has lost its footing and begun to tumble down the hill, they are frantic, unsure whether to whip the little stallion, bail out, or pray for guidance. What are they to do, given the following news (as reported in the Washington Post)?
Public confidence in GOP governance has plunged to the lowest levels of the Bush presidency, with Americans saying by wide margins that they now trust Democrats more than Republicans to deal with Iraq, the economy, immigration and other issues, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll that underscores the GOPâ€™s fragile grip on power six months before the midterm elections.
Dissatisfaction with the administrationâ€™s policies in Iraq has overwhelmed other issues as the source of problems for President Bush and the Republicans. The survey suggests that pessimism about the direction of the country — 69 percent said the nation is now off track — and disaffection with Republicans have dramatically improved Democratsâ€™ chances to make gains in November. more…
So how will the grandmasters of the Grand Old Party right their careening wagons? How will they counter such disaffection? By proposing bold new initiatives? By reaching out to a broader spectrum of the American public? By demonstrating true, principled leadership? Nah. Why bother when it would be so much simpler to pander to xenophobes, homophobes, and prudes, i.e., them what brung you? Just in the last couple of days, the Republican-led Senate has…
â€¢ approved two amendments to a proposed immigration reform bill, one of which would â€œdeclare English as the national language of the United States,â€? the other which would â€œdeclare that English is the common and unifying language of the United States.â€?
â€¢ agreed to take up a proposal passed by the Judiciary Committee to add a â€œMarriage Protection Amendmentâ€? to the U.S. Constitution, which reads: â€œMarriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any State, shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman.â€?
â€¢ passed the â€œBroadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2005,â€? which would â€œincrease the penalties for violations by television and radio broadcasters of the prohibitions against transmission of obscene, indecent, and profane language.â€?
Gee, do you think the members of the Grandstanding Old Party know that itâ€™s an election year? If not, then theyâ€™re trying awfully hard to stay on the Reverend Pat Robertsonâ€™s good side, lest he badmouth them in his next tÃªte-Ã -tÃªte with the Lord and bring â€œvicious hurricanesâ€? or the ever-popular plague of locusts down upon them. In any regard, if nothing else, the Republicans continue to demonstrate that their legislative agenda is hopelessly out of touch with the needs, concerns, and rights of the vast majority of Americans. Like their Chief Executive, they continue to â€œrearrange the deck chairs on the Hindenburgâ€? and treat the flames and smoke as pomp and circumstance. In short, theyâ€™re a bunch of schmucks.