Wednesday, August 08, 2018


Ohio's Danny O'Connor and Troy Balderson
The suspense in Ohio's 12th  congressional District today is palpable. The two candidates in a special congressional election won't know the results for a few weeks - the final tally is that close. It won't be until the provisional and absentee votes are counted that the results will finally be known to all. Whether or not the Democrats win this one, it's still good news for them. The 12th is a district that has been so gerrymandered to the benefit of the Republican Party in recent years, the area hadn't gone Democratic since 1982. This is a grim prologue to the November midterms for the GOP. We may very well see the "blue wave" that more than a few of the talking heads have been predicting for months. We shall see.
This cannot be emphasized enough. The future of this country is at stake. Does that sound just a bit extreme for your tastes? Perhaps it might be; but please, I would beg you to consider this: In 2020, after the next census, the party in power - particularly in Governors mansions all over the country - will be redrawing the election districts. If the Democrats are not the party doing most of the redistricting, look forward to another decade (at least) of America sinking into the abyss that is being manufactured by America's extreme right wing.

I really hate to be seen as a PR man for the Democratic Party, as I've said on this site too many times to count, I left that party in May of 1998 and I've never regretted my decision. It's not the party of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt - and hasn't been for a very long time. But while the Dems make me pull my hair out in frustration at times, the Republicans are beyond redemption. Theirs has not been the "party of Abraham Lincoln" since 7:22 on the morning of April 15, 1865. That was the moment that old Abe breathed his last breath. Theirs is not a political party. Theirs is an organized criminal enterprise. America's very existence depends on them disappearing forever. Does that sound paranoid? I'll tell you what: keep voting Republican. Let's see what happens.

The Democratic Party needs to win this overwhelmingly in November. This is not the time to be experimenting with third parties. This is a time to get serious. It's later than you think.

I've never asked this before, but please share this little piece with as many people as possible. I think it's the most important thing I've ever posted on this site.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY


At 9:01 PM, Blogger Majormajor said...

I got used to living in a nation in ruin during the 8 years of Obama.

BTW Tom, How are eyes healing, all ok?

At 3:27 AM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

Better than ever, pal. My vision hasn't been this good in many years. I actually saw the moon a few nights ago. Amazing! Thank you for asking.

At 11:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Millions of people will suffer and many die, but destroy the country, I doubt it. I feel sorry for future Americans who will suffer because of what the Baby Boomer generation has done to the country. It will take many generations to fix the mess, if we ever get back on a sane road of national politics and finances again.

At 9:14 PM, Blogger Majormajor said...

WOW, was it the super or blood moon?

At 10:16 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

If Clucky would just explain to us how the nation was "in ruin" under Obama, given that he brought the economy back from Bush's near depression and had the respect of all our allies. He gave 30 million access to healthcare that didn't have it before. He left with a 60% approval, while trump can barely scratch 40% on his best day.

I guess it was the "Black man in the Whites Only House" that bothers the Cluckmeister.

At 3:38 PM, Blogger Just the Facts! said...


You're right, under 3% economic growth with Obama is way better than over 4% growth under Trump. Cause Obama is black...

At 12:14 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

We don't have 4% Growth under Trump, and if you want to blame someone for slow growth under Obama blame the GOP congress who blocked everything he tried to do, AS THEY VOWED THEY WOULD.

Nice try though.


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