The News is Not all Bad
There’s still hope for America! It’s going to be a bumpy ride, but we can’t let political potholes get in the way of making a sea change in Washington. I’ve said this before — the presidency is not the only battlefront. We might not like what we’re going to get in November at the top if the ticket to take on Obama and Co., but we can’t stay home. There are congressional seats to consider. If Obama wins, the House and Senate will be where the war will be fought.
We can make a statement to the GOP establishment by putting in more conservatives at the congressional level to (1) keep Obama in check if he wins (2) keep Romney in check if he wins. As it looks right now, it’s going to be Romney. This means we must double-down on the congressional races.
Now for some good news.
First, according to a poll conducted by the Hill “despite President Obama and Democrats’ insistence that the rich ‘pay their fair share,’ three-quarters of likely voters believe the nation’s richest should pay lower, not higher, taxes.”
They even believe corporations should be paying a lower rate. Maybe the message is getting out that when the undefined rich pay more in taxes, it means fewer private sector jobs and more government jobs. Lower corporate rates would bring a number of American companies back home.
Second, while Hollywood has been a cesspool of liberalism, things might be changing. Hollywood types might be getting Obama-fatigue, and, according to film producer Frank DeMartini, a shift is taking place, or maybe it’s that hidden conservatives believe it’s safe to come out of the conservative closet. His interview can be read in TheWrap:
“It used to be about 80–20, Democrat. Now, I’d say it’s closer to 60–40. A majority of Republicans in Hollywood are hiding under rocks.”
While the 60–40 split might still be a bit high, screenwriter Lionel Chetwynd, a long-time visible Republican in Hollywood who served on the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities under George W. Bush, offered this: “There are certainly more conviction conservatives in Hollywood than conviction liberals.” I agree with him that “a lot of people just say they’re liberals because it’s good for their career.” How any of this will translate into a cultural change remains to be seen, but it’s a hopeful sign.
Third, noted dogmatic atheist Richard Dawkins now says he’s not sure whether God exists or not. He’s almost certainly sure God does not exist, but he’s not absolutely sure. Maybe the spirit of Christopher Hitchens has contacted him. A less-than-a-speck human like Dawkins (and you and me), surrounded by the vastness of the cosmos that he has never visited, can’t be dogmatic on much outside his own limited sphere of knowledge.
Fourth, while I probably don’t agree with all the policies of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, I do like his style. In a CNN interview, Christie said that he’s “tired” of people like Warren Buffett saying that the rich should pay more in taxes. If the multi-billionaire investor wants to pay more taxes, Christie quipped, “he should just write a check and shut up.” Exactly. By the way, in the eyes of a liberal, the check will never be big enough.