It's kind of funny (except that it isn't) to see Republicans and media whores hyperventilating over the dire consequences to ensue if Democrats take over the House or Senate after November's election. I know what the Bushies are afraid of -- and it's not jail. It's losing out on all those future Halliburton and Carlyle Group government contracts. I don't understand the media types, though, unless it's just they've all realized they really do work for General Electric, not the public interest.
Anyway, pondering this great issue, my mind wandered over to the area of "What would it be like if the Democrats were in charge again?" Thinking of the DLC and pols like Joe Lieberman and Chuck Shumer, I couldn't imagine anything much different. So I slipped backward mentally to the past, to my childhood, an ancient time When Democrats Ruled the Earth. And I remembered:
On minimum wage, you could rent an apartment and go to a state college without going into debt.
A family could support themselves on one income.
Workers did not live in fear of their jobs being shipped overseas.
You could buy toys for children, confident of their safety. Food and drugs were less likely to kill you.
You didn't have to sit through as many minutes of commercials in your television-watching hour. You didn't have to sit through ANY erectile dysfunction commercials.
People who wanted the government in charge of women's bodies were considered crackpots.
People who wanted the church making political decisions were considered crackpots.
People who wanted schools to teach that God made the world in seven days were considered crackpots.
People who thought the government should be able to spy on citizens without a warrant were considered loony bird crackpots.
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency was someone who cared about protecting the environment.
The president spoke intelligently and in complete sentences on a variety of subjects.
Americans who traveled abroad were not ashamed of their country's government.
American sports teams who traveled abroad were not afraid to put the Stars and Stripes on their vehicles.
Libraries were open seven days a week.
You could eat the fish you caught without getting sick.
Sheesh, I'm so depressed, I have to stop. I hope, with all my heart, there is a strong and unfaltering basis for the freaking out of the Republicans and their cheerleaders. Because, you know what? There are still real Democrats in the world. People like Barbara Boxer, Russ Feingold, Howard Dean. New candidates like Ned Lamont, Charlie Brown -- a whole crop of them who hold progressive, traditional Democratic ideas in their heads. There is a chance.
Will the sun come out in America in November?