Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
Uncle Hyena
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And so the Federal Government slips into two years of quagmire, to be followed in 2009 by gods only know what. Granted, a static Federal Government is almost certainly an improvement over what we have had for the last six years, but it isn't MUCH of an improvement. And the Democrats have now lost their outsider status, so the 2008 election, in which the stakes double, is now up for grabs; if the Dems had lost on Tuesday, they would have had a nearly sure thing for 2008. Ah, well.

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:

http://unclehyena.livejournal.com/148449.html

Where are we going, and why am I in this handbasket?

Uncle Hyena
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