The Mid-Term Congressional Elections

I have no expectation of influencing the balance of power in the U.S. Congress either with my vote or my blog writing.

And, while I agree with many that the Republicans don’t deserve to retain power, I don’t think the Democrats deserve to gain it, either.

So, what I’m wondering about is: What outcome I should be hoping for? What outcome will lead to the best long-term prospects for liberty and progress?

If the Democrats gain a majority, we might have gridlock (if Bush is willing to use his veto to override bad Democratic laws), and perhaps they won’t force horrible national security policies, and we might be better off in the short term.

But what about the longer term?

How will the outcome (either way) affect the behavior of future Republicans? Of future Democrats? How will it affect the 2008 elections? Is it predictable? Does it matter?

I’m not sure about any of this.

My hunch is that it probably won’t matter as much for us as many would have us believe. I suspect that other variables will swamp this outcome in terms of shaping the future.

So, I’ll probably just remain amused by the show rather than concerned about the dire consequences for civilization.

Let me know if you have a different theory, though.


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