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11/12/2014

The Democrats got their butts kicked in the Midterms.     No way to sugar-coat it.     The GOP 3will now have control of both the House and the Senate for the next 2 years.      As I’ve said on many occasions, even though I’m more likely to vote Democrat, I don’t care who’s in charge as long as things get done and the country’s in a good place.  

Now, obviously, with the Republican Congress and a Democrat in the White House, the chances of getting too much done are remote.     Congress will pass something.   The President will veto it.   Congress won’t have enough votes to override the veto, so here we sit.       There are some pieces of legislation that could have enough bi-partisan support, like the Keystone Pipeline, to get past a veto, but there won’t be many.      Many will say that the President needs to give into the whims of Congress since it was such a sweeping victory for the GOP, but remember people…this is politics we’re talking about.    Nobody gives in on anything without something in return.   The next few weeks, or even months, will be about posturing on both sides.    Lines will be drawn in the sand and neither side will give an inch.    Then, the people will start grumbling about needing a compromise.    But which side will be willing to?     The people don’t want ‘their’ side to give in…so again, we’re back to square one. We’ll have to see how this ends.    

But how did it start?     How did the Democrats lose so magnificently?     The Republicans ran a smart campaign.   In 2012, they gave the Dems plenty of ammunition to use.     Not this year.      In 2012, thre were defined issues the Dems used to stake out their positions.   Not this year.      In 2012, Obama still had some juice left and people were still happy to ride his coattails.    Not this year.     Most observers admit that the GOP won without really running on anything….except for the fact that they weren’t the party of Obama.      Every Democrat was tied to the President, and many of them denied those ties…or even voting for him!       And that was enough.     It’s kind of sad that a majority of races were decided by someone not even running for that office.       Several years ago, someone disagreed with me when I said that voting against someone was just as valid of a reason to vote, as voting for someone.      I still believe it is.    Sometimes the motivation when you vote that way is more than when you want ‘for’ a candidate.    And that’s a big reason why the Democrats lost in the Midterms…..the GOP motivation against the President was much more than the Dems motivation to back him.

So, what’s going to happen over the next 2 years?     For one thing, Obamacare will NOT be repealed.      Do you expect the President to repeal his signature legislation?   Really?      Could there be tweaks?    Possibly…but not likely.     For Republicans, 2017 would be the earliest that the ACA would be done away with…but only if a Democrat doesn’t win the White House.      If 2016’s elections were anything like this years….that’s a real possibility.

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I will always acknowledge this day... September 11th... I will never, ever forget.

But, I find it hard to emotionally go back there so I avoid memorial services.  It's not because I don't want to go... it's just because it's too emotional and too raw to go back to the terror I felt that day and for months afterwards.

My family was directly affected by the events and aftermath of that fateful day ... but, thank God, we did not lose any personal family members.

But, still... living in New York those days... was a very dark time.

As we head back into war action against these terrorists again, I just hope and pray that we don't lose any military service men and women.  I know in my heart how necessarry it is that we stomp out and eliminate ISIS, Al Qaeda, whatever... but I always think about the spouses, children and parents of the military and how they must feel when they give their loved one that last kiss and hug before they march off to war torn lands far away.  

I pray for a quick, successful mission on this Patriot Day... and no matter what's going on or not going on in Washington, D.C., I am still a very proud American. 

This country is the most amazing country on the planet and we must lead the world in achieving justice and peace.  We may get it wrong sometimes or maybe it gets messy, but I want to believe that keeping Americans and our interests safe is in the hearts of our military generals and Commander in Chief.  

God Bless America.

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