For those who opposed the war in Iraq, the Bush administration and its poli-cies the results from Tuesday’s elections were great. As has been well documented the House and Senate are now controlled by the Democrats, President Bush is officially a lame duck, and the public has spoken, they want change and they want it now.
The anti-Bush folks, the anti-Iraq war folks are all giddy over their new found power, and who can blame them it has been a long time in coming, and perhaps the three I-s, Investigate, Indicate, and Impeach, should be imposed!
Now the elections are over and the Democrats have some semblance of power the question is now what? The Democrats never did tell us what they would do once in power. We can’t just pack up and leave Iraq! What is the Democratic plan to end the war and bring peace to the Arab lands? What will be done to bring stability to the American economy and what will be the plan to eliminate the huge war deficit? The only thing we know for sure is international politics can not be viewed from the extremist. The Democrats will have to operate from a moderate platform when dealing with international governments. Zero sum games, are zero sum games they are extreme concepts.
At the local level, as always, there is some good news and some not so good news.
The bad news: voter turnout was dismal, how can the Mayor of National City get elected with only 1836 total votes in his favor? Heck, more people turn out for a high school football game. Voter turnout in general was dismal. Other bad news, Escondido re-elected two racist councilpersons, and extremist Brian Bilbray won re-election.
The good news: Hispanic voter registration saw an up tick which bodes well for the future. Slowly but surely the Hispanic community is growing in its sophistication and involvement with the political process and the changes become more visible each election. We not only see more and better Hispanics running for office at all levels, but the number and quality of Hispanics behind the scenes of local campaigns, such as Frank Salazar who was the campaign manager for Congressman Bob Filner. We also saw more Hispanics volunteering, walking, hosting and attending fundraisers. Put all this together and we start to see a community that is beginning to find its political footing and the future looks bright.
We congratulate the winners in this year’s election and look forward to working with them. For those who ran and did not make it this time, we congratulate them for having the courage to run. And we do mean courage, there is nothing more challenging, more intense, more invasive into their personal life, and after months of campaigning nothing more depressing than not seeing your name at the top of the election board. For those who didn’t make it this time, you now have a base, a network, contacts, and experience, don’t let this go to waste. Take all that you gained in the last three months or year and look to the future or share this knowledge with others. Continue to build and work toward a better community.