To the victors…moderation

Much talk and print has been devoted to speculation about what the recent election results portend in the U. S. Senate for both the victors and the spoilers. The press woos so-called “moderate” Republicans and Democrats in hopes of helping Pres. Obama have his way and propping up his “legacy”—that he is rapidly flushing down the political toilet.

Some senators, including our own North Carolina senior Republican Richard Burr (Has anyone seen or heard from him lately?) recently got special attention from the Associated Press and the Sacramento Bee.

According to AP writers, Sen. Burr will be joined by Sen. Angus King, an “Independent” from Maine with legislation to overhaul student loan repayment programs. It seems to me that most politicians’ labeled Independent or moderate lean left.

(The late William Safire in his Political Dictionary, defined that word Moderate: “positioned slightly to the left of center; a word more acceptable to conservatives than liberal….” According to Safire, in 1954 Pres. Eisenhower began using the word “moderation” after mid-term elections. In 1955 Democrat Adlai Stevenson agreed that “moderation is the spirit of the times.” He continued, “But we must take care lest we confuse moderation with mediocrity.” Another Democrat of that era, New York Governor Averell Harriman, declared, “There is no such word as ‘moderation’ in the Democratic vocabulary.” Indeed, today I think the word “radical” better applies to most Democrats.)

I predict that legislation by Senators Burr and King will likely result in liberalizing (radicalizing?) student loans; getting irresponsible borrowers off the hook and baiting it with taxpayers.

AP writers project that moderates such as “centrist” Sen. Susan Collins (R-Me.) and four or five Democrats will “wield clout” in the GOP-led U. S. Senate. Collins hopes that the senators will “work together and bridge some of the partisan divide.” I suspect that’s a bridge-too-far. Anyway, Obama and most Democrats have burned that bridge. Further, Obama plans to poison the river (to paraphrase House Speaker Boehner). These people won’t be able to swim in the same waters together without becoming contaminated.

But there is some good news on the Western Front, reported by editors at the Sacramento Bee. Both of California’s left-coast senators will lose their chairs in important committees. Dianne Feinstein will be unseated from the Intelligence Committee by North Carolina’s Richard Burr. Barbara Boxer will give up her seat on the Environment and Public Works Committee—redundant because the environment has become a public works project—to Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma.

The radical left (excuse me for repeating myself) hates Inhofe because he has noted that manmade climate change hysteria is fueled by a hoax (along with many moderate scientists). He also said that the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency tactics compare to those of the former Nazi Gestapo. Actually, these views are quite moderate compared to what many Americans think of them.

Maybe Sen. Inhofe will be able to bring radical senate warmers and the EPA rogues back to more reasonable centrist positions. We should all live in moderation.

To quote the well-known black philosopher Rodney King: “Why can’t we all just get along?”


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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