On Monday night I sat down and took a hard look at what I REALLY wanted to see happen the next day. It was an utterly hopeless wish, but it was the most hopeful thing that I could believe in at all.
I wanted the Democrats to lose. Not because I have any love for the current administration; far from it. But I wanted the Democrats to lose, and THEN finally do the collective soul searching that they have been avoiding since I have been eligible to vote, stop being the Not-Republicans, and put together a platform that could actually draw a national consensus, rather than this nickel and dime, fractions of a percentage point garbage that has been going on for far too long. The nation would have survived another two years under unfettered W, mostly...
Instead, nothing has really changed. True, W will not be able to do anything stupid and NEW, but the old stupidity is going to continue unabated. Consider the following, courtesy of one of the various conservative groups that haunts my e-mail: "It does, however, look like the Congress may actually be more conservative in the next session than it was under the GOP leadership. Many conservative Democrats won seats in Congress yesterday, and many liberal Republicans were ousted." Makes your skin crawl, doesn't it?
It's been ten years since I put the following stuff together, and it distresses me how little things have changed in the interim:
Where are we going, and why am I in this handbasket?