Thursday, November 4, 2010

The People's House

It's pouring rain and God Bless America has been looping through my mental juke box since five am. Maybe because Jesus and sex were holding hands in yesterday's post, or maybe it's the numerous renditions I heard belted out during the World Series between The Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants. 

(Is rooting for both teams allowed?)

Maybe this God Bless America rampage is my inner voice(s) response to the recent mid-term elections. There's a lot of noise in my head about it, nothing's showing up in any linear order. I trust you're used to that by now...

Close to 4 Billion dollars was spent during this nasty campaign cycle while approximately 30% of our electorate came out to vote. How can people not vote? That's a B for Billion, by the way. How many after-school centers could we build for 4 Billion dollars?

Senator Mitch McConnell (R) of Kentucky, in an interview with The National Journal, said, "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president." Really? That's your most important thing? Rand Paul, newly elected (R) senator from Kentucky has continuously pledged "not to compromise." 

Is there something in the water in Kentucky? 

The party of NO is now in. 

How quickly people forget that eight years of Bush/Cheney = two wars, record deficits, torture, to name a few. That dynamic duo brought this country to the very brink of depression. Is it any wonder we're just beginning to see signs of recovery?

Elephant in the room, anyone? 

Why do I feel so worried?

I don't normally write about politics because it makes me foam at the mouth. The People's House is in terrible disarray. I know there are citizens who are tickled red with Tuesday's results. Perhaps I would feel slightly less worried if there was any inkling, at all, of let's roll up our sleeves and work together. NopeIt's repeal, tear down, go backwards. I'm just not feeling the love. 
At the Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear there wasn't a Hitler to be found. There was a woman holding a sign that read, I believe in the Sanity Clause. In a moment of seriousness, Jon Stewart said, "We're in hard times, not end times."

He's right. Right?

God? *Ethel? Somebody? Bless America.

*read: "Call It What You Will"


  1. Paul and I voted for the first time by absentee ballot. It is depressing to see such a backward turn to the progress that was begun by this Presidency. Thanks for all your writing that adds so much to my life!

  2. Hello Penny!
    Thanks for checking in. It's so good to hear from you and to know you're out there! In spite of all the insanity, there is a piece of me that is holding fast to the possibility of reason and compassion somehow coming to the table. I must be dreaming. xo b

  3. Good observation about Kentucky. REALLY... maybe too much of the sour mash - or not enough! Dad thinks it's racism underneath all the blah blah blah. I hope not.

  4. There's no doubt that racism is alive and well in our country. The attacks on President Obama for not being born in the US, signs of him with a bone through his nose, other horrendous rants...some people here in PA proudly fly the Confederate flag on their cars/trucks, bumper stickers etc...There are people in this country who cannot stomach the fact that we have a black president. Period. And there are people who believe that women should shut up and do as their men tell them. Insane, yes. Terribly sad, yes. Greatest country in the world? Hmmm. Good people everywhere, absolutely!