Monday, January 5, 2009

It's Coming

I can see the 20th from here folks. It’s really coming. I must confess, when I was looking at 400 days, or 375 days, it seemed an eternity away. But now, it’s around the corner. I’ve been reading the Letters to the Editor in the Charlotte Observer and reading with great interest those letters from people who are outraged at the growing array of denigrating letters and articles, and not a few  political cartoons. Some people think it’s not ok to dump on President Doofus, like we should respect the office, even if we don’t like him.  But it doesn’t work that way. See, we do respect the Office; we just despise him, because he has invited our derision over eight long years, during which he has overseen death and destruction on a vast scale, without seeming to even take notice.  He has found joy in the Office. He seems to think God has somehow blessed him. But he’s an idiot, and he has managed to prove it on almost a daily basis. No amount of Condoleeza-Laura PR will change that. His co-leader probably qualifies as downright evil, whereas The Shrub is simply absent.

So, we anticipate with great fervor his passing. I know, I know, he isn’t dead, just forgotten if not yet gone.

Maybe soon we can again take pride in being American, instead of keeping one eye on Canada, hoping it’s still open. When we traveled extensively, during the 1960s and 1970s, it was really nice being an American, carrying an American passport.  Even during the worst of the Vietnam Mistake, it was still ok to be American. People understood, even if they disagreed. Maybe we can return to that period. We don’t need to pretend to know everything, or to be right about everything. The rest of the world is all grown up about that. Sometimes we’re right and sometimes we’re wrong.  They know that, we should know that also. So, sometimes, we need to listen to lectures, and take heed in someone else’s wisdom.

We live in a spectacularly beautiful country, and we are a mostly moral and good people. We’ve allowed ourselves to be led astray over the past 20 or 30 years. It’s time to eat some humble pie and regain our ethical compass. It’s coming; a good period I think and hope. 

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