Wrongly Thought, Wrongly Said
My grammatical standards drop for items that I read on the Internet. It’s a quick and populist medium, so expecting perfectly honed paragraphs constitutes a show of arrogance.
That said, somebody who has just decried the governor’s ” doddering style” should be careful not to offer such phrases as “Rhode Islander’s overwhelming rejected” as a finished product.
But let’s move on to substance:
Luckily we didn’t elect John McCain to be president. Said another way, what we heard last night from Governor Don Carcieri was change you can’t believe in. Rhode Islander’s overwhelming rejected this kind of thinking in 2008. 63% of us voted for Barack Obama, a man who promised to expand the rights for workers to form unions, to tax the rich more, and to spend more on social programs. We elected a freshman class of legislators that are overwhelmingly progressive. We turned away the hard right of the Republican Party in favor of people who repudiate the belief that tax cuts for the wealthy are better than wage protections for the worker. In every race where a Democrat ran as a member of the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party they won, sometimes turning out Republican incumbents.
Even if we ignore the fact that many people who voted for Obama did so based on a belief in his promises of moderation, even if we ignore local races in which Republicans, Independents, and conservative Democrats did have some victories, we have still not honed the topic down to anything relevant to the appropriate actions of the governor and incumbent legislators. We elected Governor Carcieri to be Governor Carcieri — not a functionary to implement the inferences of certain interpretations of subsequent election cycles. Incumbent legislators aren’t tasked to endorse the programs of their newest peers. Indeed, the presence of incumbents, of a specific governor, is often a factor considered in the voting booth.
So let those who’ve been elected do what they were tasked to do. And if they are victorious, let them own the improvements and damage that they have wrought.