THE NOVEMBER SURPRISE
Love him or hate him, Lou Dobbs is right about one thing: Americans are fed up with both political parties and believe our government is completely corrupt (or incompetent at best).
We’re sick and tired of Washington insiders calling the shots. We’ve had enough of corporate interests dictating disastrous foreign and domestic policy. We think less of our Congresscritters than we do used car salesmen. And we don’t like the choices we are being given in the 2008 presidential race.
In his latest column, (The November Surprise) Dobbs predicts that the powers that be may well be in for a shock when Americans go to the polls next year. He writes:
“We have a president and a Congress who are held in not only disregard but also contempt by the American people. Not only are the poll ratings of both President Bush and this Congress at or near historic lows, but the vast majority of Americans also believe our great nation is headed in the wrong direction.
As I say in my new book — Independents Day: Awakening the American Spirit — the arrogance of our political leaders now threatens the future of our nation, and their elitist sense of entitlement has reached such heights that our leaders are now openly dismissive of the will of the people. Working men and women and their families are simply not being represented in Washington.
One year from now, we will have elected a new president. As eager as I am for that reality, I can’t imagine any one of the current candidates for their party’s nomination being chosen by the American people to lead this nation for the next four years. I believe the person elected a year from now will be an Independent populist, a man or woman who understands the genius of this country lies in the hearts and minds of its people and not in the prerogatives and power of its elites.
As I travel around the country, my feeling about the lack of true candidates is validated by those I talk with: They are not excited about the candidates seeking their party’s nomination. The Democratic and Republican Parties have become merely opposite wings of the same bird, and it’s the American people who are getting the bird as our elected officials serve their corporate masters and the special interest groups that dominate both parties.
The time will come soon when we’ll have the opportunity to choose new leaders who understand and respect our independence and right of self-determination. We the people still possess the power to chart the course of our own destiny. I don’t know who will win the next election, but I doubt that independent Americans will choose any one of the announced candidates now running.
More Americans than ever before are now identifying themselves as independents, and I hope millions of Americans in the day and weeks ahead will drop their party affiliation and become independents, refusing to be taken for granted by these two political parties and refusing to be taken for fools by the candidates they’re putting forward.
I believe that independent Americans will demand a far better choice than any of the candidates now seeking their party’s nomination. I believe next November’s surprise will be the election of a man or woman of great character, vision and accomplishment, a candidate who has not yet entered the race.”
Reading these words, I couldn’t help but think of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., and what his entry into the 2008 race could do to help reunite this deeply divided nation. To restore our faith that an honest man of “great character, vision and accomplishment” can still win an election in this country. For so many of us, RFK Jr. is that man. And that’s why we are hoping to draft him into the presidential race.
Ironically, there is also a movement to draft Lou Dobbs himself as a candidate in 2008. On last night’s broadcast, Dobbs announced that he will not run, preferring to stay put in his anchor chair at CNN for now. He then encouraged his audience to send in their suggestions as to who they want to see enter the presidential race. He will read viewer choices on the air.
What if Bobby Kennedy’s supporters bombarded Mr. Dobbs with emails suggesting his name as their preferred candidate? Would RFK Jr. finally be invited as a guest on Lou Dobbs Tonight? (To date, he has not appeared on the program.) And would he accept the invitation? It would certainly be a spirited and intelligent debate. Must-see TV, in fact.
Dobbs (who has just moved up to a prime time slot at 7 p.m. EST on CNN) has made no secret of his disdain for Ted Kennedy’s sponsorship of Comprehensive Immigration Reform and the Dream Act. He has directed his ire at Hillary Clinton for the same reasons. In more recent weeks, Dobbs has been calling for New York Governor (“Prince”) Eliot Spitzer’s head over his proposed plan of giving driver’s licenses to illegal aliens.
ENOUGH TO “DRIVE” YOU NUTS
Given that Robert Kennedy Jr.’s name is already being floated as a possible replacement for Hillary Clinton if her Senate seat is vacated, and that Governor Spitzer would be the one to make that appointment, all of this puts Kennedy in a potentially sticky political situation. More than 70% of New Yorkers oppose Spitzer’s proposed plan; they expressed their displeasure loud and clear in the elections this past Tuesday.
It now seems certain that New Yorkers will not give their vote to any candidate who supports driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants. An overwhelming number of Americans across the country feel exactly the same way. We all watched Hillary stumble over the question in this week’s debate. Clinton’s inability to give a clear answer took a bite out of her poll numbers and gave her opponents a delicious opportunity to steal some thunder.
This issue is not going away (much as many of the candidates probably wish it would). And if Bobby Kennedy plans to run for ANY office, whether it be Senator, New York Governor, or President of the United States, he is eventually going to have to make a clear and definitive stand on this hot issue. So far, he has chosen (perhaps wisely) not to express a strong opinion about it one way or the other.
If RFK Jr. wants to curry favor with Governor Spitzer and Hillary Clinton for that Senate seat appointment, he may have no choice but to support their stance on immigration, no matter how unpopular it may be. But if he wants to be elected by representing the will of the people, he will likely have to go with the overwhelming majority who oppose granting amnesty, government-issued ID cards, gratis college tuition and healthcare, or any other societal priviliges to illegal aliens.
We want our borders and our ports secured. We want to know who is in the country, and we want our current immigration laws enforced. These are the basics of a secure nation. It’s not rocket science. Let’s get it done, already.
This is the message Americans everywhere are sending to Congress, and to every candidate running for president. As of yet, few seem to be listening.
Which is just another reason more and more former Democrats and Republicans are changing their voter registration status to Independent this year. Lou Dobbs has his finger on the pulse of this movement, and now that he has issued an open call for independent populist candidates on his broadcast, it will be interesting to see who the people nominate.
Many of you have expressed on this blog and the draft petition the desire to see Robert F. Kennedy Jr. enter the race as an independent or third-party candidate. Well, here’s your chance to let your voices be heard on national television: email CNN/Lou Dobbs and tell him why you think RFK Jr. should run.
While you’re here, don’t forget to sign the petition to draft Kennedy for President, if you haven’t given him your John Hancock already.
Copyright 2007 by RFKin2008.com. Lou Dobbs excerpt from CNN.com.