What’s it to be this month? Rip Bush again? Complain about
Congress? All of the above?
Lets examine OURSELVES for a change.
Nearly two years before the next election, we were forced to view two “debates,”
one Democratic, one Republican. I now know even less about the multitude of
candidates than I did before. The one thing I DO know is that the respective
national committees must think we are either stupid or not watching all that
closely. Wonder where they could have gotten THAT idea?
The Democratic slate of candidates looks more like a cross section of outer
space than America. We all pretty much know who the candidate will be, and
primary voting will have next to nothing to do with the selection. Two years ago
the DNC decided that a slate of Fred Gwynne and John Ritter would fare better
than Howard Dean. How wrong they were. I have viewed Dean’s “scream” countless
times in the past two years, and still fail to see what the damn problem was.
This cycle, the Dems have decided that an African-American and a Woman might fit
the bill. How wrong they are once more. As far as Obama goes, I PERSONALLY feel
that he would be the best choice for president, but would make a terrible
candidate. Polls show that the vast majority of Americans feel comfortable
voting for a Black for president.
They simply feel uncomfortable admitting their discomfort to pollsters.
As for Hillary, she simply doesn’t have it behind the podium. There is a quality
to her delivery that seems to reek of insincerity. She is obviously trying to
make the same sort of personal contact with her audience that Bill did, but is
coming up short. I have yet to hear her advocate a national system of health
care that would insure that no American citizen spends a single sleepless night
worrying about how he or she is going to pay their medical bills. Until she does
so, I’m not paying all that much attention to her.
We are no more ready for a female president than we are for a Black. Personally,
I don’t give a fat rat’s ass whether our next president is from Mars, as long as
he/she/it is a Democrat. The past six or so years have practically destroyed our
national pride, as well as set us on a course pretty much parallel to that of
Rome under Constantine. I can’t guarantee that a Democrat will be able to right
the ship, but I do know that things can’t get all that much worse.
On the Republican side, the theater is even more absurd. They held their
“debate” (these so-called debates are little more than press conferences than
actual debates, hence all the quotation marks) in the Saint Ronald Reagan
Library, with Nancy in the front row. To a man (they’ve got this
gender-pragmatism thing down much better than the Dems) they missed no
opportunity to invoke the holy name of our sainted ex-president, and thereby
assure us that they, the Republican slate, would carry on the Reagan legacy of
tax cuts, deficit spending, recessions, massive military spending, shafting the
middle class, and lying. Which is pretty much what Bush has been, and IS doing
as I type. Bush’s numbers are (as of yesterday) in the high twenties, so let’s
call ourselves Reagan and try to forget “W” ever existed. As far as the latter
goes, I am in full agreement.
Almost two years to go, and there is no practical way to rid ourselves of this
pestilence we have visited upon ourselves. Make no mistake, WE created this
horror. Our collective inattention to political discourse, our ignorance of the
very system we claim to revere, our collective need to divert ourselves from
reality via larger and sharper television screens, our failure to hold those who
govern us accountable for their criminal conduct has led us to this sorry state
I can forgive the truly ignorant, the borderline psychotics (this frightening
response to my last column a prime example of the latter: DOWN WITH ULTRA
LIBERAL WAR MONGERS CALLED DEMOCRATS!). I CANNOT forgive the vast majority of
middle-class Americans who on a daily basis accept the behavior of the criminal
pigs who currently hold office. Our constitution offers remedies for gross
misconduct in office. I suggest once more that we look into these remedies. I
have written and phoned my representatives and let them know how I feel. I urge
all of like mind to do the same.
I don’t feel like waiting a year and a half for things to improve. Why SHOULD I?
Once more, thank you for your indulgence, and I welcome any and all reasoned