Thursday, November 15, 2012
Post Election Rant to a Friend
I'm okay ... just trying to recoup after the elections. While I have the opportunity, I have to say how glad I am that you kept the political discussion page going. Initially, I would have thought that we would have been reduced to more social and casual conversations in the aftermath, but then I never expected the bat shit crazies to "have a new birth of freedom," as Lincoln would say. It's one thing for the Gophers to stand in a burning house and claim they don't smell smoke, but it's quite another to stand in a pile of ashes and say, "What fire?"
But alas, on our side of the aisle we also have a loose spoke or two. After Lincoln's Gettysburg address, the next day the Democratic-leaning Chicago Times observed, "The cheek of every American must tingle with shame as he reads the silly, flat and dishwatery utterances of the man who has to be pointed out to intelligent foreigners as the President of the United States." In contrast, the Republican-oriented New York Times was complimentary. In Massachusetts, the Springfield Republican printed the entire speech, calling it "a perfect gem" that was "deep in feeling, compact in thought and expression, and tasteful and elegant in every word and comma." I guess I can take some solace in the observation that Lincoln's GOP looked more like today's Democratic party.
I am having some difficulty comprehending the absolute outrage of the GOP members - as if they have every right to lash out at anyone who doesn't perfectly agree with them. Given the shenanigans from one end of the country to the other to limit access to voting and otherwise limit the number of Democrats who could make it to the polls, you and I both know that President Obama's margin of victory in both the electoral college and the popular vote - as outstanding as both are - represents in reality a minimum number of supporters. Had the election been truly open equally to all, the GOP with have been all but destroyed.
In short, I guess I'm trying to get over the undeniable reality that former President Bush did not 'leave any child behind" ... he practically left entire states behind ... starting with Mississippi! The last ten days after the election has been for me one jaw-dropping reality after another. From Poopy-Head to Rush Limbaugh to Bobby Jindal - it's one thing to claim political rhetoric, it's quite another to claim allegiance to fantasy!
I suspect I will be over my bad self shortly. I certainly have realized that we have a lot more work to do: supporting a two party system and working to create a 2nd party whose ass is something other than a gorgeous hat, or a "Ticket to Ride" to planet Kolob.
at 11:41 AM