One State, Two State
30 -- Today we acquired new livestock in the person of a guinea pig named
Fishy and I got dragged out to meet the local Democratic Party candidates here
in Rutherford County. It's gotten so that the word "Democrat" has developed
a pretty fishy odor itself, what with the Repugnicans setting the agenda for whatever's
changing the Constitution so that burning the American flag is a
crime, for instance, because heaven forfend they should have to actually debate
some useful legislation.
wore one of the "Disco Still Sucks" T-shirts and when the candidate
for County Mayor said it was a sentiment he could agree with, I made the true
observation that the advent of Disco in the early 80s almost precisely coincided
with the rise of the Republican Party in its current odious form. Like a true
Democrat, he said, "well, I wouldn't go that far
" It reminded
me of John Kerry describing George W. Bush as a good man, but misguided. All he
had to say was "the guy's a crook and we can prove it" and he would
have had the election in the bag. The Republicans can always count on Democrats
to be polite rather than political.
I really miss the Democrats I used to know, like my grandmother, a real FDR type
Democrat. I'd like somebody to say "Health Care for All", instead of
"Universal One Payer System".
But nobody will because they might
offend the centrists. The problem is that we no longer HAVE a left wing in U.S.
politics, even though there are an awful lot of us near-wobblies out here. Nobody
out there saying anything I want to hear.
50% of the population is dumber than average, and Christians are only interested
in the Old Testament, no matter what they say to the contrary.
was a pretty good band, knew a bunch of Merle Haggard songs, always good at a
Democratic thang, so we hung around with the rank and file for a while, but pretty
soon the Cadillacs started showing up and we had to go. Nothing worse than a mover
and shaker Democrat.
my new bumper sticker, or make your own:
And also, we
rented a DVD called "Schultze Gets the Blues", about a retired miner
accordionist from Germany who used to play polkas but then discovers zydeco. It's
a sweet little movie, even if they did shoot it with only one camera. It's in
German with English subtitles, and I'm proud to report that, watching it with
my nine-year-old granddaughter I had to define the "N" word for her.
So I guess we're doing all right in the Liberal Education department around the
Democratic candidates what they think of having a National Railroad. I promise
there are no talking points there in either party.