Monday, July 16, 2018

1970 Parody Time's Up

Making fun of the crisis in America’s government gets you only so far.  And with an infantile, mentally challenged, illegitimately elected and morally bankrupt president, a congress petrified in amber and a supreme court held hostage by crazies it’s time to pretend anything good can be accomplished using an orange blimp over London or a picture of Putin tossing a half-eaten apricot into the Volga.

These people are evil.  And you know it, even if you haven’t put it into words. Evil.

trump (we never capitalize the “t”) and his henchmen and lackeys are a clear and present danger to this country. Laughing in the face of danger is the stuff of B-movies and The Onion.  It no longer works for the people who are throwing themselves on what eventually can become a funeral pyre.

This is not a call to actually end the parody.  That would cut a huge swath into the generation that gets its information and news from late night TV shows, John Oliver and Andy Borowitz.

The rest of us need to focus on the structural, diplomatic, legislative and judicial damage to you as an individual.

It won’t take a new constitution. But it will take laws that really limit campaign contributions.  The only way to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision is with a rewritten law.

The Democratic Party has to re-unify.  The “establishment wing” has to recognize the concerns of the social democrats. The social democrat/democratic socialist wing has to realize that the “establishment” is not just a bunch of entrenched money grubbers with allegiance only to Wall Street.

The Republican Party has to re-unify. There’s room for Evangelicals, Country Clubbers, Tea Partiers and plain old garden variety capitalists. They-all also must learn to work together and across the aisle.

Meantime, a little left over parody:
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