|Oh, Mama, can this really be the end?|
Which is why I often wonder why America is so insistent on trying to convert everyone on earth to democracy. It lends itself to much arguing and flaring of tempers, promoting pettiness of spirit that eventually degrades the political parties. In the US, the Republican Party is in its last days, what you are witnessing in the media are the dying whines of old white men, who simply refuse to pass the baton to the younger generations or give up their political and social beliefs that make them anachronistic and embarrassed to be seen by their children. But we don't have another party waiting in the wings to replace the Repubs, nothing that would excite a majority of voters. Our current election is getting petty and ugly, with the old-school style of fear mongering sprinting ahead in the commercials, and every trick that Karl Rove has encountered will be used before November.
This swing to the far right by the Repubs has produced a lot of entertainment and late night-jokes, but I wonder how anyone could have ever taken seriously such obvious clowns as Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, that Texas governor, and the Black guy, oh shucky ducky... Now, they will all have to rally around Mitt Romney, who is so desperate to win that he will say and do anything; his need is a sickness emanating off of him like a repellant pheromone, keeping all decent people away... While the lunatic fringe is amusing to watch, it becomes sad and maddening when they succeed in passing legislation. In Florida, 180,000 people who were registered voters have 30 days to prove to the elections office that they are citizens, or they will not be allowed to vote. 500,000 people will not receive unemployment benefits after the end of this year. I can't find anything funny in these things, and yes, I get grumpy and bad tempered thinking about the results of these actions. We'll become a nation of alienated, disenfranchised people, listening to Rush every morning while we drink our crappy Duncan coffee. Crime and domestic violence will rise beyond the levels of our returning vets, and the only jobs that will be blossoming are those in the new prisons that will be built. Maybe I should ask for a prescription for Prozac and Cialis from my doctor next month. Then I can walk around happy with my dick in my hands... Politics? Sorry, I have something more interesting thing to do...
Congratulations to Bob Dylan, who received the Medal of Honor this morning. Funny how some of his old lyrics still have a lot of meaning. This seems to sum up our electorial season so far: