Nation Faces a Critical Election
"And the days dwindle down to a precious few." Those Maxwell Anderson words set to a Kurt Weill melody became "September Song," one of the most memorable Broadway songs of our time.
They also apply to the election, which is just around the corner. This is a midterm election, normally considered minor and not overly important. Why, then, are commentators and columnists plus pundits from both sides of the aisle dwelling on it so much? Could it be because it may well be the most important election in which we have ever voted?
It is increasingly clear that our nation is under a siege - pressured by groups determined to undermine all we have fought for and stood for down through well over two centuries. These groups are anti-American forces constantly putting the Constitution under attack. Unless they are stopped (read: voted out), we may well become little more than a banana republic.
It is for this reason that this is an election of consequence. If Congress and the White House remain under the control of one party, we face a continuation of bills designed to topple us and place us under the thumb of a government demonstrably unprepared to run anything.
Fortunately, our Constit-ution is still intact, and we get a chance to change part of that in November. We get a crack at unseating the White House occupant in 2012.
An interesting article in the Sept. 27 issue of Forbes -magazine points up strong reasons to replace Barack Obama. The article was written by Dinesh D'Souza, who was born and brought up in India. He accuses Obama of being the most anti-business president perhaps in American history and a man who sees America as a force for global domination and destruction.
D'Souza contends that Obama gives every indication of viewing "the rich as an oppressive class, a kind of neocolonial power within America." This explains why Obama is so apologetic about our country.
D'Souza's Indian background gives him a firsthand knowledge of anti-colonialism, and he implies that Obama thinks of us as colonialists. There is much more as D'Souza delves into our president's roots to determine how he thinks. I commend the article as excellent food for thought.
I wish I could also commend Karl Rove and the chairman of the Delaware Republican Party. Both seem smeared with sour grapes over Christine O'Donnell's victory in the nomination for senator from Delaware.
I have long been a fan of Karl Rove, but his withering criticism of O'Donnell after her win was totally out of line. She won, and thus deserves the full backing of her party. Their argument is that she can't win in November, but then they said she could not win the primary either.
It is obvious that the people in Delaware there don't agree with Rove and company. Watch out, fellows: Divisiveness is how we lose elections. Don't force us to split the vote. Republicans would do well to welcome the growing power of the tea party and embrace its voice of "we the people."
There may still be hope, since Christine O'Donnell has since picked up some support from other Republicans. If she has some baggage, it should be resolved in private and not on national TV or the front page. Karl Rove should have learned that lesson years ago.
It has become apparent that more and more Americans are determined to break the pattern of the power-mad who want only to be re-elected ad infinitum. It is why the Christine O'Donnells are winning. We are fed up with politics as usual. Maybe new blood will get us term limits and a fair tax.
Let's close this little essay as we began it, with one more line from "September Song": "Oh, it's a long, long while from May to December. And the days grow short when you reach September."
Short they are. Thirty-seven days until we vote in a vital election.
Allan Jefferys, a former New York theater critic and newsman, lives in Pinehurst. Contact him at email@example.com.
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