Washington a city filled with lame ducks

Washington a city filled with lame ducks

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A politician or a witch / Photo: Thomas Hawk, used under Flickr Creative Commons license
A politician or a witch / Photo: Thomas Hawk, used under Flickr Creative Commons license

CHARLOTTE, N.C., November 5, 2014 — There are so many lame ducks in Washington today that it is now a full-fledged flock.

Like Moses leading the Jews out of the bondage, Republicans parted the “Reid Sea” last night and the American people sent a message to King “Tut Tut” Obama.

However, this is no time for Republicans to spike the football. The pendulum is always swinging and there is only a small window for Republicans to get their act together and to govern before momentum turns the other way. Republicans need to put away those big foam “number one” fingers for now and go to work.

The midterm election numbers were large, but not because Americans believe Republicans have better ideas. They were huge because President Obama and his followers did not have an agenda that most Americans were willing to buy into.

Perhaps the biggest surprise for both parties was the realization of just how truly angry the country is. That is the real message, and the balance of power will remain with those who understand what happened in the voting booths across the country and do something to change the status quo.

Obama told us that he was not on the ballot but that his policies were. Well, his policies just took a massive hit to the solar plexus.

Washington is Washington; it will never be perfect. Politics there is, and always will be, the consuming pastime. But perhaps, just maybe, this time around someone will pay attention, get the message, and go to work trying to right the wrongs that have plagued us for the past six years.

Lying, deception, indecision, lack of leadership, scandals and countless other acts of ineptitude and dishonesty have now been wrapped into one big dirty Obama diaper and sent to the garbage can. Americans want, and deserve, better. They want more than empty words and ideological academic ideas.

Nancy “we’ve-got-to-pass-the-bill-so-we-can-see-what’s-in-it” Pelosi is out of power. Harry “the hammer” Reid soon will be. And Obama will follow in two years.

Get your office pools ready to see how many more rounds of golf Obama can squeeze in before now and November 2016. We already know there are only two more NCAA brackets on his horizon.

If Obama is truly “fed up” as Politico said he was earlier this week, then he got a full plate of food for thought last night.

The president basically has two choices: He can find ways to pass legislation with his new Congress, or he can continue his righteous all-powerful high minded ideology and stonewall new proposals at every opportunity.

Oddsmakers would probably tell us that it isn’t in the DNA of the smartest man in the world to go along with his opposition.

Political pundits might opine that the president will start mending fences because of his legacy. The problem with that forecast is that Obama has never cared about his “legacy” other than attempting to remake America into his own image. If Obama continues along his “high road to oblivion,” the 2016 elections will be even more interesting than the 2014 midterms have been.

For Republicans it is important to realize that this is not the end of the road, but the beginning of a new highway that leads to a brighter future. They have an opportunity to bring about the “hope and change” that was promised so eloquently six years ago and ultimately drowned dismally in a sea of clichés and unfulfilled promises.

The lame ducks, otherwise known as “Barack’s flock”, are packing their bags and heading out of Washington with their tail feathers between their webbed feet.

A new day has dawned in the nation’s capital and hopefully it will mean the American eagle has returned to its roost.


Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)

Read more of What in the World and Bob Taylor at Communities Digital News; follow Bob on Twitter @MrPeabod.


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