by Lone Shark
A funny thing happened to Senator Bill Nelson. Once considered the type of Democrat who was best suited to win a statewide election here in Florida because of his “moderate” political orientation and his unobtrusive, grandfatherly demeanor, his Democrat Party was hijacked by “progressives” pushing a far more radical agenda that has charted the federal government a course to certain bankruptcy while simultaneously resisting all Republican opposition efforts. It’s an agenda that Nelson possibly would not have instinctively championed himself, but he has nonetheless become its reliable supporter.
Now less than a year away from the 2012 general election, Senator Nelson has little interest on running what he’s actually accomplished during his term- a record that shows him supporting President Barack Obama’s radical and regressive agenda 98% percent of the time.
Nelson knows that Floridians remember his support of the failed “Stimulus” program, the deeply unpopular federal government takeover of health care with “ObamaCare”, and now with a massive tax hike masquerading as a “jobs bill”, Nelson is painted into a corner he’s desperate to escape.
Nelson’s re-election strategy is now apparent. Rather than touting his record in the Senate, he’s attempting to distract from it by taking shots at some of the more controversial measures of Governor Rick Scott by raising unfounded concerns about “restrictive” voter laws on one hand while posing as the “voice of reason” in Florida politics and insisting that we all return to “civility” in our political discourse-
”People are so rigid, they are in their ideological boxes they won’t move and it is my way or the highway. The people of our country are fed up with this nonsense. I tell you I am fed up with it. It is frustrating.” – Senator Bill Nelson
There are a number of criticisms that can made of Nelson’s take on today’s political climate, but let’s start with the most obvious one- Senator Nelson has been a reliable vote for the most the most rigid, ideological American President ever- a counterproductive ideology that is hell bent on fully instituting socialism, crony capitalism, malinvestment, and political money laundering within the federal government while simultaneously hamstringing the private sector and job creation. It’s too bad Nelson didn’t withhold his support of this kind of “ideological rigidity” back in 2009 and 2010.
It never ceases to amaze how blind so many Democrats are to the reckless and coercive nature of the agenda they intend to inflict on the country. For Nelson to bemoan “ideological rigidity” at this juncture demonstrates a complete lack of self-awareness at the very least, and more likely, disingenuousness. Yes, politics is becoming more polarizing- that’s because the divide between the agenda of “progressive” Democrats and those Americans calling for a restoration of essential constitutional precepts and fiscal sanity is becoming wider every day.
As to those “restrictive” voter laws that Nelson is worried about– you know, the kinds of laws that attempt to stop dead people, illegal aliens, convicted felons, and individuals who commit other types of voter fraud by either voting more than once or engaging in identity theft- Nelson has pivoted his rhetoric towards those. Nelson is calling on highly compromised U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to review Florida’s new Voting rights law under the federal Voting Rights Act- this is the same Attorney General who didn’t view two baton-wielding Black Panthers standing outside a polling location as constituting “voter suppression.” There is little chance that Holder’s investigation won’t find that the law passed by Governor Scott and the Florida legislature “suppresses” voting, as Democrats have come to conveniently redefine the term.
Whenever Democrats call for “civility” these days, cue the laugh track. It’s either a sign that Democrats have lost the debate or are attempting to get Republicans to drop their vocal opposition Obama’s toxic agenda. If Nelson was truly desirous of “civility”, why then become an unwavering supporter of the most divisive agenda ever inflicted on the American people in modern times? Didn’t it ever dawn on him that cramming such an agenda down the throats of Americans without their support would provoke a strong counter reaction?
Nelson has watched the political ground substantially shift beneath his feet during the course of his two terms in the Senate. No longer can he pose as the defender of Florida’s Space Coast and its Space Program, as now that the shuttle program has been scrapped, Nelson has now become the Space Coast’s resident nostalgist rather than its advocate. Nelson is personally very affable, but his lack of a core set of political beliefs and his own political expediency is why he transitioned from a “moderate” Democrat to that of a rubber stamp for an agenda that is rapidly eroding our rights and our prosperity- it’s that for which he must be held to account in 2012.
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