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.