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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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.

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