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The day after

Posted by kc on November 5, 2014 in Current Events |

It always had to get worse before it gets any better. I know that, have known that. It’s just that it isn’t necessary, and I kept hoping we’d realize it and stop this ever-accelerating drive to idiocracy.

But I knew. The question now, I suppose, is just how much dumber can we go before enough of us wake up and put on the brakes? Will it take President Rand Paul? Or Ted Cruz?

Yesterday, we re-elected crooks and buffoons all across the land. We replaced people on the borderline of sane policy with complete lunatics.

Here’s how it happened: Those of us who could have made a difference bought the bullshit line that there’s no difference between Democrats and Republicans. It’s the same disease that gave us eight years of George W. Bush. Lesson, not learned.

Look, I get it. Our two-party system really does suck. And Barack Obama really is what once upon a time was called a moderate Republican. But get this, and fully understand it: There is no such thing as a moderate Republican, and there hasn’t been for quite some time.

We have two major parties. One is in full-on, backed-into-a-corner mode and sees scorched earth as the only way out. The other thinks that scooting closer to the corner will encourage those backed into it to come out of the dark. See the problem here?

The steady march of evolution, even of a society, goes forward, and this backwards, fearful segment of it will soon give way to a segment that is not yet so entrenched in its views of itself that it can’t tolerate even the thought someone might see things differently.

As for the right, well, it’s doomed, at least this version of it. They know it, and that’s why the heels are dug in so deep they’re melting into the planet’s core.

Yes, my friends, our real problem isn’t the lunatic right. It’s the lunatic left. Both are stuck in a delusional world of their own making, but the lunatic right is on its way out. The lunatic left, a product of the idealistic vision that is the basis of progress, will determine how low we’ll go before that happens.

Here’s the thing. We’re not going to get a socialist state here, ever. We’re not going to get a multi-party system here, ever. If I’m to be perfectly honest, there’s not a single governing system in place on the planet that I’d endorse. None of them will ever give us the kind of peace we want. None of them.

So stop. Just stop. Stop holding out for perfection and deal with what we have. Stop being so damn petulant and whining because Obama is too conservative for you. Are you happy now that Tea Party Thom Tillis is in the Senate and the guy who announced — on the day of Obama’s first inauguration — that his goal was to scuttle the presidency will soon be senate majority leader?

Barack Obama wasn’t my choice for president. Neither was Bill Clinton. Are we better off that we had eight years of Clinton than eight years of George H.W. Bush and who knows what else? Hell yeah. What if we’d had eight years of Al Gore instead of GW Bush? I wish. Would John McCain or Mitt Romney have been more to my liking than Obama? Er, no.

Maybe we will need a Ted Cruz-Joni Ernst administration before the pendulum can begin its slow swing back to sanity. It’s just not necessary, and I, for one, am not too sure we’d survive it.

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Helpful hints to not appear racist

Posted by kc on November 2, 2014 in My little city |

A most interesting message appeared on the announcement email list for my little city. It was titled “Halloween.” Please, allow me to reprint it here, with names and location removed:

When I drove into the city last night about 6:15, I could hardly get down Spruce Dr because of the line of cars disgorging kids into the neighborhood. I had what I thought was a huge supply of candy, but it was gone in less than an hour. I asked each child (sweetly) what street they lived on, and not ONE was from our city. When the candy was gone, I turned out all the lights and sat in the living room. Just before 9PM I got into my PJs and started watching TV. It was then that several children approached my dark front door and knocked. My dog charged the door and pushed back the curtain. At that time an adult AA male put his hand against the pane of glass and pressed his face to the door, looking at me sitting on my couch in my jammies. I am old, alone, and not scared of the devil, but this was very unnerving. When did our city become the discharge area for non resident kids and their pushy parents??

I’m sure I’ll get pious PC feedback from this, but I am seldom scared, and I felt used and afraid last night. This probably won’t even get posted, as anything negative never seems to get past the censors.

Just another fine night in our city.

This is a story about someone who didn’t like all those outsiders coming in and eating up all the candy (disgorging was a quite interesting choice of words). And yes, all those outsiders were black — our little city, while fairly diverse, is still majority white, surrounded by a heavily black area. Why else ask, “sweetly,” where each child lives? And if that wasn’t bad enough, one of those black adults was rude and scary well after the lights were out — the universal Halloween signal for don’t knock here. Would our frightened resident have told us if that had been a white man? Maybe, but the “pious PC feedback” bit makes me doubt it. And way to deflect justified criticism you know you’re gonna get before you even get it. And then, of course, there’s the used and scared part. Used? Why? because kids from outside our neighborhood came trick-or-treating? We live in a safe, welcoming, and generous community. I’m not the least bit surprised parents want to bring their costumed kids here.

“This probably won’t even get posted” is a bully tactic. It was posted, probably because the “censors” didn’t want to get criticism themselves, but the truth is that this particular email list is an ANNOUNCEMENT list. It’s not meant for prejudiced complaints about the people who live outside our city. Oh, and no, Halloween is not “just another night,” fine or otherwise in our city, or any city. Seriously?

I’ve taken the liberty of removing the bullshit from the post.

When I drove into Pine Lake last night about 6:15, I could hardly get down Spruce Dr because of all the parents bringing their costumed kids. I had what I thought was a huge supply of candy, but it was gone in less than an hour. When the candy was gone, I turned out all the lights and sat in the living room. Just before 9PM I got into my PJs and started watching TV. It was then that several children approached my dark front door and knocked. My dog charged the door and pushed back the curtain. At that time a man put his hand against the pane of glass and pressed his face to the door, looking at me sitting on my couch in my jammies. I am old, alone, and not scared of the devil, but this was very unnerving.

Now, how hard was that? Helpful hints: If you don’t want “pious PC feedback,” don’t whine about non-residents bringing their kids into our town for Halloween, and don’t make the race of a rude and scary guy an issue. It doesn’t matter.

Unless, of course, that was your point. But if that’s the case, expect to be called on your racism.

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