OCALA, Fla., November 9, 2014 — Times are changing on Capitol Hill.
The Republican Party was expected to do well in last week’s midterm elections. Few, however, thought it would score such extensive gains. From claiming the governor’s race in staunchly progressive Maryland to giving Virginia’s highly popular Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Warner the fight of his career to amassing the largest U.S. House majority since Herbert Hoover’s day, GOP successes cannot be understated.
None of this even begins to tread on the Republican victories in state legislatures, such as flipping the long-Democratic West Virginia House of Delegates, securing a super-majority in the Florida House, and reasserting control over the New York Senate.
Of course, the U.S. Senate’s incoming GOP majority will likely make whatever President Obama hoped to see pass through an already fractious congress moot.
The question is this: What do the midterm results mean for America, specifically in terms of domestic issues? Abortion, climate change, same-sex marriage, marijuana legalization, the Keystone oil pipeline, and far more are now up for debate among a quite different composite of politicians. Their decisions will shape the next several decades of our national story.
Two men who know the American political scene will answer that all-important question.
Mikey Weinstein is a retired Air Force Judge Advocate General who now heads the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, one of our country’s most famous legal action groups. He advocates for the interests of military personnel threatened by illegal religious proselyting, with a strong background in Washington politics; having served in the Reagan Administration during Iran Contra. Weinstein has been nominated for the Nobel Prize on several occasions and continues to support civil rights causes.
Allan C. Brownfeld also has a background in civil rights. He played a role in the movement to end Jim Crow and is outspoken about religious freedom; particularly as this relates to Israel. Brownfeld is a veteran journalist who has worked with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, almost single-handedly kept the American Council for Judaism alive, and toured the country as a speaker about various political issues. Today, he is a nationally syndicated columnist.
Hear what they have to say on the next episode of Cotto & Company; a thirty-minute-or-so online radio program featuring independent voices who shape our society. Regardless of partisan registration, political philosophy, or personal worldview, the goal is sharing diverse, and often innovative, ideas that we all can learn from.
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