View from QCA: Winning does matter

Posted Online: Nov. 16, 2012, 2:59 pm
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By Jim DeCap
It doesn't matter if you win or lose until you lose.

Well the election is over, so they can start in again. We had winners and we had losers. I'm glad to get rid of the political TV ads for a while.

We live in a fast changing world. At no time in the history of mankind has a person's thinking been able to become obsolete as quickly as it can today. The world of politics is also fast-changing. There are some groups that are becoming a more integral effect all the time. Some of these groups include Hispanics, blacks, women and young people.

Women weren't allowed to vote across America until 1920. Now women hold a lot of high ranking positions in local, state and federal government. Cheri Bustos is the first female representative ever elected in the 17th District.

There was a cigarette commercial that said, "You've come a long way baby." That certainly holds true today. Every generation has their clothing styles, music and cultural practices. All these groups will continue to have a greater influence in our country. We probably aren't very far away from electing a women president.

I remember when we got our first TV, there were no women on TV. Now all channels have lots of women and they are not only beautiful but very intelligent. Lots of them have law degrees. It makes me wonder how much talent we have wasted in the past because of racial and gender prejudice.
The political terms liberal and conservative change over time. Lincoln was considered a liberal because he wanted to free the slaves. FDR was considered a liberal because he introduced his New Deal, which included the Civilian Conservation Corp, the Work Progress Administration and Social Security. LBJ was considered a liberal because he introduced Medicare and Medicaid and other Great Society programs.

It is now time for the GOP to regroup and learn from the mistakes of the last election.

We all make mistakes. We just try to not make the same mistakes twice. An American History teacher, I had as a senior in high school, used to say that the strongest thing in the world is public opinion. Now we are getting public opinion reviews from the last election.

I'm very thankful that I still have the right to vote. I'm proud to be an American where I at least know I'm free.
Jim DeCap lives in Geneseo.


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  Today is Monday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2014. There are 100 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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