"After all these years, my passion for service to my fellow citizens is undiminished, but my desire to do so by serving in Congress has waned,"
"There is too much partisanship and not enough progress -- too much narrow ideology and not enough practical problem-solving,"
"My decision was not motivated by political concern," Bayh said. "Even in the current challenging environment, I am confident in my prospects for re-election."
The above words spoken by Indiana Senator Evan Bay as he announced his decision not to seek reelection to the Senate seat hes has held since 1998. Rational Nation USA would like to believe his words, and accept that he is not seeking reelection because he believes it is time to allow new thinkers to assume public office. As would be the spirit of our founding fathers. However, to believe so would be naive. The reality is that he is facing a credible challenge in the upcoming elections. He simply wishes not to go home in defeat but to go home of his own choosing.
The message America has been sending, both from Tea Party activists to independent conservatives is simply this, it is time We The People are heard and that we intend take our government back from the grips of the elitists and statist that have for far to long enjoyed power they did not deserve.
Rational Nation USA does not pretend to have all the answers, as do the extremists on the left and right believe. However it is apparent what we have now, and have had for some time, is not working.
What our nation needs at this time in its history is to refocus on the principals that made us the freest and most prosperous nation the world has ever known, and in response to this determine how to apply this knowledge to the 21st century.
The idea that greater socialization of our society, its government, and the business sector falls short and flies in the face of historical fact. Irrespective of the false statements made by the progressive left. Although there are arguments made by them that are credible. Most dating back to the thought held to be true during our nations beginnings.
So to sum it up. I hope the decision of incumbent candidates on both sides of the political aisle choosing not to seek reelection continues. I hope the new blood will hold true to themselves, and to true independent though rather than as dictated by the party elite and corrupt hacks.
If they do there is a good chance this nation can regain the brilliance it once had, and regain the respect of freedom loving people the world over. If the new generation of leaders continue in the mold of the old the nation's path will continue to be difficult and strewn with the refuge of a failed nation.
For more in depth perspectives on the Bayh decision I direct you to; Left Coast Rebel and Another Black Conservative. Each have a unique and valid perspective on what the changing times really mean.
Via: The Washington Post
Via: Left Coast Rebel
Via: Another Black Conservative