Why 51-49 is fine

I don’t support the Republican or Democratic party, and I range from strong dislike to cautiously hopeful for the other ones on any given day. So take for what you will, the following reasons I’m fine with the Senate being 51-49.

 

Roy Moore wasn’t worth it.

While I don’t support the parties, there are candidates I think do an OK job on capitol hill, but Roy Moore would not have been one of them. His constitutional views, a handedness for offensive language, views on crime and evolution, and when America was great again are frankly enough to make me think he wasn’t the best fit for the position let’s say. But the allegations of sexual impropriety with young girls should have convinced anyone in my most humblest of opinions that advocating for, endorsing, or supporting his candidacy was a fool’s errand that can only be attributed to the religious devotion people tend to display towards their favorite party in today’s America.* Roy Moore seems to be inappropriate at best, malevolent at worst, but most certainly someone who should remove himself from public life at the behest of the people.

The GOP doesn’t care about a free society.

If Republicans were cutting spending, reducing the size of government (like many promise on the campaign trail), and not proposing more budget deficits, I might be more concerned with the Democrats taking a seat. The reality though is that a 51-49 Senate will still pass all the bills I don’t like, and any bills that do pass will be filled with so much pork to the opposition party (and I use that term loosely) they could throw a rip-roaring barbecue across the National Mall. All jokes aside though, gridlock can serve the purpose to break political allegiances and makes everyone a little more interested in lifting the wool from their eyes to see what Washington is really up to, and I count that as valuable.

 

Upsets are possible

Sometimes one can get discouraged and think the US political landscape is unalterable; certainly when it comes to political parties this seems to be the case. Even though the change is only from Republican to Democrat, it did happen in a State where such an outcome would have been wishful thinking of the highest order during any previous election cycle over the last twenty-five years. The margin may be slim, the turnout may be low, this may not make a whit of difference when the seat is up for election again, but in that change not thought possible occurs, it reminds one that there can be the potential for change that begins to address the most important issues of the day. As someone who would like to see the R’s and D’s gone with the W’s, I also think it bodes well for a further shake-up of the political landscape that could fracture the parties’ grip and cause a realignment of voting blocks.

It also serves to remind ourselves that while exciting, interesting, and in some ways important, politics and party allegiances should be put above all other priorities and ethics. The biggest reason Moore was expected to win had nothing to do with his qualifications, his principles, his writing, or his gravitas. It had to do with the fact he was a Republican running for office in Alabama, and I would hope we agree that shouldn’t be the reason you support any political candidate.

 

 

*I feel compelled to make a note that while singling out Republicans, this behavior is present in Democrats and really most if not all political parties.

Questions, comments, gripes or complaints?