Hi, everyone. All three of you at this point, I suspect. Full disclosure: I’ve been a maxi-slacker. And just so you know? I’m missing the Clothesline more than you can imagine. “Well, then, why don’t you DO something about that?” I hear you ask. Okay, okay. Working on it.
You know that thing where you connect with an old friend after a long separation? How you can pick up where you left off? Sadly, that’s pretty much the situation here with local and national issues.
People are still dying in droves in Iraq. But Junior assures us that Iraqis are lovin’ their freedom. Afghanistan continues to struggle to right itself in our wake and we’re dying there, too. Six more Americans yesterday. And Pakistan? Oy! Send in the body bags. More stuff follows.
George W. Bush is still America’s incompetent, judgment-impaired and monumentally unpopular president. (See? I have been paying attention.) George the father pops up periodically to tearfully defend his spawn. Democrats continue to cave to BushCo’s agenda (think Feinstein and Schumer in particular). We have a new AG who thinks water-boarding is a frat prank. The U.S. economy is being water-boarded, preparatory to tanking altogether. Recession is imminent. No, it’s not. Recession will bring us down. No, it won’t. What we really need is a good recession. Or not.
Presidential candidates bitch-slap each other with increasing frequency and intensity. Dirty tricks and smear-a-thons abound. Oprah’s endorsement of Obama meant diddley-squat. Poster-boy for right wing extremism, Pat Robertson, endorsed the cadaverous and opportunistic Rudy Giuliani. Fred Thompson and John McCain are aging faster than blocks of stinky cheese well beyond their expiration dates. Al Gore is more or less MIA and Michael Bloomberg lurks independently. My man, Stephen Colbert, was shot down by South Carolina Democrats. And who the heck is Ron Paul?
So then. Extreme politics. Unending occupation of Iraq. Pending unilateral war on Iran. (Can Iceland and the Ireland be far behind?) War on children and health care. War on the environment (global warming is still an iffy concept, dontcha know?!). Failing economy. A succession of lethal products imported from China.
So what’s new? Norman Mailer is dead. Robert Redford’s movie is getting rave rebukes. The Minnesota Gopher women won their basketball opener. Tomorrow, the Vikings will defeat the Packers at Lambeau Field. (Drinking coffee, smoking nothing, but thanks for asking.) [UPDATE: Fine, then. So Green Bay had a few lucky breaks . . .]
Last night, at the very end of a long night of dreaming, I dreamed I walked back into a room I’d just left (great metaphor). And I said to the people there, “I just don’t know what to do about this.” This referred to the political situation, I guess. I was speaking very softly, and for whatever reason, the people in the room (none of whom I recognized) listened respectfully. I spoke of my terrible fear of another four years of Republican rule. I begged the people to help me figure out what we should do. I was very scared in the dream. And just as someone was about to respond to me, I woke up.
There are no easy answers, are there? Which is pretty much where I left off the last time I posted. I am still afraid. I am still tired of being let down by Democrats. I am still fearful of the future, and that transcends my personal life. What are y’all doing these days? Anyone got a strategy for managing current mayhem and then unseating Republicans in massive numbers next year? Just askin’.
(David update: He’ll spend time “being seen” at Mayo Clinic this coming week. Out of which should come questions, answers, direction. Taking way too long.)