We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Enjoying a nice illegal Commie Cuban and a nice triple scotch tonight, windows open to the cool colonial Connecticut September evening and the wonderful cricket chorus and the occasional bullfrog croak from down in our marsh along the Farmington River, and checking out random blogs while the splendid she-who-must-be-obeyed is working on the elegant evening repast while watching dumb Fox news and sipping a few lady-like chardonnays in the kitchen. Stumbled onto a highly mediocre blog (not because of content - because of quality) and I found these assertions:
God forbid that we must endure another three and a half years of his Administration before anything can be changed. Are we going to sit around and keep our fingers crossed, hoping (incorrectly) that we've seen the worst, or are we going to FINALLY get off our fat, lazy butts and realize that we must begin turning this nation around now, because Bush and his band of thugs (in EVERY sense of the word) are not going to sit back and be satisfied with the destruction they have already wrought?
They are going to keep the neocon steamroller fueled and in overdrive until the final hour of his presidency. They are going to stay the course in Iraq, wasting thousands more young American (and Iraqi) lives. They are going to continue the relentless dismantling of our social and security programs/agencies. They are going to continue increasing taxes on the poor and middle classes in order to reduce the same for the wealthy and the corporations. They are going to spread marshall law throughout the nation (New Orleans is only the start, folks).
They are going to persist in ramming through new legislation that benefit petroleum/energy companies, allowing them to continue increasing their unbelievably obscene profits (and thus power). They are going to continue forcing our education system down the toilet by pushing increasingly unreachable standards onto the public school system. They are going to remain incessant in their ruthless attack on the air we breathe and the ground on which we live and from which we grow our food. And finally, they are going to accelerate the dismantling of the independent judicial system such that laws and rulings support only conservative ideology and christian evangelical theology. We are becoming a nazi state before our very own eyes. What's worse, we are all allowing it. We are the masters of our destiny, yet somehow we have decided, as a nation, that our destiny is Hell.
Yikes - Bush is attacking our very "ground." And aw, gee, not those dang "obscene profits" again. Try running a business sometime, cousin blogger, and ride a bike to work. The above is a quote from a blog in the Flappy Bird category, which means that it receives a fair amount of attention but is far from a star blog. Neither are we - yet. Up-and-coming, with a readership IQ I would be willing to put up against any other blog's. Notice the "marshall"? No, I will not make the effort to refute the statements. Too boring. Sounds kind of like a govt union employee of some sort, no? A teacher who cannot spell, angry about being evaluated? Feels entitled to a free lunch? I am not surprised that there are benighted humans out there who are so fearful and so distressed. I only want to tell them that it will be OK - no-one will take away your baby-bottle. Even the evil, evil Bush. Unemployment has never been this low in our lifetime, and the admin. doesn't even talk about it. Their PR stinks - right now, there is not a functional soul in American who wants to work who is not working at something. That is a wonderful thing - work is a blessing, and no honest work is ignoble. But I will offer one thought: Bush's legacy will be the Court. It is hard as hell to move the US govt. in any direction, and correcting our renegade courts may be all he can really do to make a lasting difference. (Is anything more important than our Constitution?) Plus getting rid of a bunch of fascist jihadists whose religious mission is to kill us all. How bad is that? Go ahead, read the blog I quoted, just to get a sense of how some Americans feel, however irrational and unfounded and sad their emotion may be. I wish they would read us. They would feel much better. But they won't. Ahh, I hear the dinner bell. Pavlov's Dog cometh on four furry feet and with salivating jowls.
Update: Great dinner, of course. Just chatted with our vet on the phone. He and his wife have been in Louisiana for the past ten days, taking care of lost and abandoned animals. What a great country we live in, in which even the animals receive our concern and effort.