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I can’t resist breaking into your regularly scheduled lives to do a little celebrating.

*leap, hop, shout! twirl, cavort! spin and jump! crow, shriek, hoot, howl! dance, dance, dance! woo-hoo, woo-hoo!!*

Whew! That felt really good.

What’s this about? The Democratic wins yesterday. I was truly doubtful that anything other than an ultracon would win anything—after all, Diebold is a major GOP contributor, and they do sorta have access to mess up the voting machines, you know? And there’s all that intimidation at the polls, and handy loss of “undesirables'” voting registrations, and other nasty tricks you generally see only in Third World countries but that have become expected since 2000. I’m thankful that things appear to have gone well.

Historically, it’s never happened (I think) that Party A won a bunch of seats without losing a few to Party B, and vice versa. However, it appears that the Democrats broke this long-standing wisdom. This is not so much because they’re wonderful, but because people are, I believe, sick to death of the arrogance, corruption, dishonesty, manipulation, etc. etc. of the present ruling party. Thank heavens they’ve paid enough attention to notice. I truly despair of my fellow Americans most of the time. The incomprehensible thing, to me, is that most of the races were so close.

I’m not naive enough to think a change in Congressional leadership is gonna fix everything, or even anything. They’re not much if any better than the Republicans, when you come right down to it. In fact, most of them are Republicans: the kind that were prevalent during my childhood, moderate and sensible. There are no (or very few) true Democrats these days. The Republican Party, after being snatched by the ultracon wackos in the mid-’90s, has become so drastically right-wing that it really ought to change its name to “Fascist Party.” (Look up the word—we’re already in a fascist state and have been for 50 years or more, if not 250. Mussolini himself described it as a marriage of corporate and political interests.) That would match truth in packaging laws, at least.

The Dems will have to raise taxes, simply because Congress has cut taxes for multimillionaires and slashed funding for essential programs, and improving that funding base requires money to come from somewhere. We have an indescribably massive debt, rung up by the “fiscally conservative” ruling party. We can hope that money will come from the same wealthy folk who benefited from recent tax cuts in the first place—if you’re getting $500 million a year, say, and have a few billion in the bank, are you really gonna miss $10 million to contribute to improved education, for instance, or maintain Social Security for people who struggle by on $10,000 a year and have to choose between food and medicine, or even food and heat? If so, then that’s too bad—that one just doesn’t touch my compassion button, for some reason. Insensitive clod, amn’t I?

Remember, please: The services we count on (law enforcement, emergency medical care, unemployment insurance, food for hungry children, education, regulation of critical businesses [food production, sanitation, banking, etc.] and services [clean water to drink, clean air to breathe], and so on) are paid for by tax dollars. No tax dollars, no services—or services for fees, which wind up being paid by people who have to choose between fees and food. I maintain that a civilized nation is measured by the ways in which it treats its powerless and most vulnerable, and in that arena in the last 25 or 30 years, we’ve become a mean-spirited bunch of selfish pigs, so grasping and greedy that we begrudge our poor and hungry the tiniest crumb from our straining tables.

No, my main reason for hope with the Democratic majority in Congress has entirely to do with the finger-in-the-dike scenario: Perhaps they can stop the White House from causing more damage. And maybe, if we’re really, really lucky, they’ll actually start to undo a little of the destruction wrought by those red-eyed monsters who claim to love both our nation and God, but whose fruits are death, war, destruction, poverty, exploitation, oppression, hatred, fear, division, disenfranchisement, arrogance, and utterly overweening greed. Compare that to I Corinthians 13 in the Bible they claim to follow:

If I speak in the tongues of men and angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal. And if I have prophecy and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith …, but have not love, I am nothing. … Love is patient, love is kind, it is not jealous, love does not boast, it is not arrogant. It is not discourteous, it is not selfish, it is not irritable, it does not dwell on evil. It does not rejoice over wrong, but rejoices in the truth …

Or Galatians 5:22-23: … the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

I needn’t say more. You may now return to your regularly scheduled lives.

Posted by wordsmith

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Hi Anna,

Couldn’t possibly agree more. But at least there’s a finger in the dike now, and a gleam of hope.

Pat

I AGREE!!! Our only income is my SSI for my being disabled which is much less than 10K a year and Soc Sec keeps turning down my husband. Oh well, at least I can sit home and knit, but wish I could find cheap yarn to buy or have a good LYS within 3 hours of my home or find a way to get there. Even thrift shops are in short supply. I used to wish we were rich, now I’m just glad to be on the sidelines of life.

Mogo the Mugger

While I agree with everything you say, I lost the schedule to my life. Did I leave it at your house?

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