The Butterfly Effect, Part 2

March 25, 2008 by susan
Monarch butterflies clustered on stream

Well, I'm back. Went from a week in the mountains of Michoacan, Mexico, where I saw millions of over-wintering monarch butterflies stirring to life in the spring sun and immediately having sex, to a week in the flatlands of southwest Florida, where I saw millions of over-wintering old white people doing pretty much the opposite.

The trouble with going away is coming back. The nation took another turn for the worse since I left and in my opinion there’s no excuse for having daylight savings time when there's 5 inches of new snow on the ground. It throws my circadian rhythms to the howling dogs of the night.

While I was away the nation entered a great discourse on race. That is, Obama gave a great speech on race, and the pundits loved it -- even as they rushed to point out that it won't make any difference, that he's pretty much screwed. And most Americans got into it about as deeply as Fox news would take them, which is sort of like picking the lint off a sweater vs. knitting one. As one Fox "news" entertainer asserted in a huff, arguing that Barack's comments insulted all white people, "I've read the whole sound bite!" More, you betcha.

The speech caused millions of evangelicals who have heard their highly partisan pastors blame the attacks of 9/11 on homosexuals and the librels who tolerate ‘em, and millions of Catholics who are disgusted with their bishopric’s decades-long cover-up of pedophile priests, to decamp from their churches, in contrast to the obdurate Barack Obama. See? Fox isn’t the only one who can make up the news.

Tempers flared on both campaigns, (the Dems' campaigns that is) forcing out staffers and surrogates alike. You blinked, you're out. Samantha Power took the first hit, then Jerimiah Wright, then Geraldine Ferraro. Bill Richardson weighed in for Obama, causing James Carville to become more venomous than ever, if that's possible. (Can any one imagine Carville and wife Mary Matalin actually -- making love? They've spawned two children, so apparently they do manage to copulate, but they’re just so nasty. Sorry, those orgiastic mariposas had an effect on me.)

Meanwhile, as we hit the 5th anniversary of the war that never should have been, and the 4000th American death, John McCain circles the globe touting the success of the surge, even if he's not sure who's training whom and where. When Joe Lieberman is the one whispering in John McCain's ear, you know we're in for 100 more years of war. And by the way, Iraq is McCain's area of expertise. Heard him on the economy lately? Well, no need, our president is on top of it, and the working stiffs on Main Street are bailing out the barons on Wall Street because the world’s not fair and god wanted it that way. The $300 check is in the mail, what’s your problem?

Thank god for the sorry diversion of Elliott Spitzer. And what is it he did, exactly, that his hired consort considered unsafe? See, you can think about this instead of watching the election slide into the malleable hand of John McCain. Instead of thinking about the dead and maimed Americans sent to Iraq in the name of a lie, or about the debt we're dumping onto our children, or the dry aquifers and parched Everglades of Florida, or the illegal logging of Michoacan’s forests, where those millions of monarchs mysteriously hang out from November through March.

Even better, think about those butterflies, now fluttering down by the millions from the fir trees, coursing along the arroyos and across open fields, silently landing on your hair and shoulders like fat orange snowflakes, finding mates, starting new lives, starting a journey north to somewhere they've never been, a place that only their distant offspring will ever reach. Now that’s something to think about.

(Photo of Monarchs clustered on stream bed, thanks to Max Lenfestey)

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barbara says (not verified) | March 26, 2008 - 8:05am

The trouble with going away is coming back.

Ain't it so, sister. Ain't it so. Even when we went to Rochester, we slipped into a parallel world that didn't feature the vitriol and raw nastiness of American politics. Matter of fact, the folks at Mayo are remarkably and uniformly kind and helpful. Which made re-entry all the more startling.

Have you noticed that as the economy sinks deeper in the tank that there's renewed focus on Iraq? Which would be a better ploy for Republicans if there were anything good to say about George's War. But they're extremely fortunate to have Hillary persisting with her harpy thing on Obama, because that gives them another layer of distraction.

So it is that Dems give aid and comfort to the enemy. And I, for one, am mighty nervous about what's cookin' in Rove's cauldron. Or whoever it is that's getting ready to fling poo in unprecedented ways.

I long for spring. To throw open the windows and release a winter's worth of re-breathed air. For David to be able to plant multiple butterfly gardens as he does each year. To sip coffee on the deck. To hang freshly-washed sheets on the clothesline to dry. Idyllic. Oh, wait. I forgot about the neighbors' pit bulls. Which brings me full circle to American politics.

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Poet (not verified) | March 27, 2008 - 11:07am

In a twisted, Bhuddist sort of way Susan you are responsible for your current funk and the mess on which you comment above.

You who have had Mary Oliver and Robert Bly in your house at the same time to share coffee and poetry and talk. You who have found solace amidst the majestic Monarch butterflys, you who crave the pure beauty and light of all things lovely.

You cannot have good without bad, light without darkness, pleasure without pain, and so forth. To indulge in too much beauty, sweetness, and light is to force the klarmic scales to have to acquire a supersized load of yuchh in order to balance things out.

Why do you think those Republicans are coming to foul your fair sister city of St. Paul this summer for theiir
"convention"?! Now you want the one without the other and that my fellow galactic hitch-hiker is not possible.

Quick, start reading National Review, listening to Rush Limbaugh, and maybe even make a donation to the American Enterprise Institute! it may not be too laste to turn this thing around!

(Said with tongue placed firmlly in cheek and wishing you to start feeling better about things (but not too much!)--

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susan | March 27, 2008 - 6:19pm

Well yeah, smote me on that one brother. And you're right, I'm not much of a Buddhist. More of the whiner practice then the Zen practice. Winer practice as well.
As Perhansa (now vanished from the Clothesline) once chastised me, people who have so much cannot give up holding on to hope for all those who really have no rational reason to have any at all. Thinking Dafur here.
So, I'm sorry. I think I plummet at this time every year, the cumulative effect of low light after a long winter.
But then again, I keep sniffing defeat all around the Democrat's lair. And I think of President McCain and I get all clammy. But your point is good and well-taken -- although trust me, the Repubs are not coming to my fair town to bring some yang to my yin, not even in any cosmic way.
But I'll celebrate the poets -- and Mary Oliver herself is in town once again this very weekend -- and try to hold off on the kvetching. I do sometimes read the National Review -- heck, I was once on Air America with Michael Medved no less, but I won't, sorry, listen to Rush, or contribute to the AEI. But I'll lighten up. Maybe. Wait, didn't Iraq just come un-surged today? Should this make me happy?

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Dolores (not verified) | September 9, 2009 - 1:27am

But then again, I keep sniffing defeat all around the Democrat's lair. And I think of President McCain and I get all clammy. But your point is good and well-taken -- although trust me, the Repubs are not coming to my fair town to bring some yang to my yin, not even in any cosmic way.
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Anonymous (not verified) | August 28, 2009 - 6:49am

As Perhansa (now vanished from the Clothesline) once chastised me, people who have so much cannot give up holding on to hope for all those who really have no rational reason to have any at all. Thinking Dafur here.
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