Vail Daily letter: Truth is in the middle |

Vail Daily letter: Truth is in the middle

David Dillon
Eagle, CO Colorado

You get what you deserve in life.

So, to all the crazy right-wing extremists, don’t point your fin-gers at the Obama voters unless you are willing to point them at yourselves, as well. And to all the absurd Obama-is-right-no-mat-ter- what zombies, be prepared for the likely occurrence of an incumbent losing his second term.

If the previous administration had listened to the people instead of just doing whatever it wanted, there wouldn’t have been a Democratic landslide in the last election. Likewise, if the Democrats had learned from that Bush mistake, there would-n’t be a backlash in the next election, as there surely will be.

You get what you deserve.

If the Republicans had addressed health care them-selves when they were in office, this bill they all hate never would have been written. And if they had been cooperative in the process this past year and hadn’t attempted to block any manner of real, significant reform simply because it was a Democratic platform item, maybe they’d have gotten a bill they’d have liked a little more.

They got what they deserved.

I am not an Obama fan. I don’t like him, don’t believe him and don’t trust him. But I com-pletely despised Bush and Cheney.

So why does the choice always have to be one extreme or another?

I have said until I am blue in the face that the truth and the answers are almost always found in the middle. Yet we nev-er seem to get a candidate who embodies that concept or a pop-ulation that is willing to compre-hend it.

I was against the stimulus package. I was against the one that Bush signed, too. So why is Obama getting vilified for doing the same thing his predecessor did? Politics. It isn’t a question of right or wrong. It is a question of opposing something based purely upon the party of he who proposed or signed it because you’re a crazy partisan fanatic instead of a reasonable, thinking human being.

I generally think Republican fiscal policy is too heavily biased toward big business. I completely support simplification and tax breaks for small businesses but not the Rea-gan/ Bush I deregulation of the bank-ing industry, and I do think that Wall Street needs oversight. So where does that put me? In the middle.

I’d have much rather seen individ-uals and businesses get major tax breaks to stimulate the economy than see us throw money at the financial institutions that put us in the mess we’re in. Instead, we financed millions in Wall Street bonuses, and the little guy and small-business owners are still strug-gling.

I also find it very odd that the right-wing loudmouths won’t shut up about Democratic spending when the last administration got us into an unnecessary war that so far has cost us about a trillion dollars. They nev-er mention that or Bush’s bailout when they scream about the nation-al debt. That would be pulling blame away from their chosen target. They also never mention that starting that war was akin to the concept of FDR declaring war on China after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Whatever the reason for the war, it certainly had nothing to do with Sept. 11.

So, the blame for outrageous spending and the national debt lies squarely on the shoulders of both parties. The truth is in the middle.

Then there are those pesky social issues. I wish Republicans would get their noses out of people’s personal relationships and bedrooms and understand that not everyone in the U. S. is a Christian, so they should keep religion out of politics. For a party that shouts “small govern-ment” until your ears bleed, it cer-tainly doesn’t hesitate getting the federal government involved in peo-ple’s sex and reproductive lives, reli-gious beliefs and affectional relation-ships. At the same time, I wish it had been a little more characteristically Republican as far as immigration is concerned, and I am sick to death of liberals protecting everyone in the world besides law- abiding citizens, victims of crime and taxpaying Americans.

Back in the middle again.

I was torn during the last election. I couldn’t stand Obama’s pandering, and I respected McCain and think he is someone who is often truly in the middle, and I liked that. But then McCain picked his running mate, and I just couldn’t help elect an eld-erly man when his second in com-mand was a hypocritical opportunist whose every word subtracts from the sum total of human intelligence.

So I’m frustrated. I hate the status quo, and I want to see real change in Washington. Not an empty cam-paign slogan of change but real, hon-est- to- God change. And to me that means no blind, stubborn partisan-ship, no more crazies, no more liars and the long overdue advent of com-mon sense in the electorate. (And, by the way, kudos to Tom Boyd for his recent column about Fox News and the extremist nuts on the far right.) Let’s have no more strict party-line politicians or moronic citizens on either side who refuse to ever take a walk to the middle to find the truth.

Until then, America will continue to get what it deserves.

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