In all candor, at least on matters of social conscience, I’ve always leaned just a tad to the left. And count me among those who often find themselves wishing our president had been a little less middle-of-the-road and a bit more strident in breathing life into many of the issues he had campaigned for these past two elections.
But on the same token, I should represent the lowest of low-hanging fruit for the current Republican party. I’m a 60-something white male who’s also, by the way, a successful small businessman, an employer, and a higher bracketed tax payer. You’d think, in other words, I’d be the exact guy the GOP was targeting this next go around.
Apparently not. In fact, far from it.
But rather than me railing about what a wasteland of ideas the GOP has become, and how much it’s been hijacked by smokescreen social issues, religious fervor, and low-tax/small-government blindness, let me just play for you something I saw last on The Daily Show late last week. (And god bless Jon Stewart.)
Look, I’m a small businessman trying to compete in an increasingly complex global marketplace. I don’t need pithy sound bytes and stale, unworkable ideas. I need a broad-based investment in infrastructure. I need a coherent international trade and energy policy. And I need a government that is not necessarily smaller (and, god forbid, small minded), but one that embraces science, that looks forward instead of back, and that works hand in glove with businesses like mine to find new and different ways (and funding mechanisms) to help us compete for new business.
I need, in other words, creativity, vision and fresh thinking. I need new ideas. I need innovative solutions.
Not a bunch of small-minded circus clowns with their heads in the sand.