I like Mondays. I look forward to Chris Hedges’ weekly column and I receive Congressman Randy Neugebauer’s newsletter.
Every week, the Congressman offers a survey question. The wording is consistently and laughably skewed toward the conservative views he represents. Maybe I'm the only one who's noticed this.
Yesterday’s survey question:
What is your priority for funding the government past December 11th?
If you grew up in the forties, fifties, and sixties, Norman Rockwell’s iconic images were everywhere; his art was on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post, Life, Boy’s Life, Look and Literary Digest, followed by a series of paintings, prints, posters, and later, collector’s plates and figures.
A few days ago, the New Republic featured a gallery of pictures from early 1960’s Dallas and the city’s crass and ill-mannered reception for President Kennedy, LBJ, Adlai Stevenson and other Democrats who dared to invade the South once again.
History buffs and people who lived that era will enjoy it. For those of you born after 1970, the pictures and captions beneath them will be in direct opposition to what you were taught in school.
Every single political analyst, strategist and partisan think tank is still digging around for the definitive answer to Democrats’ recent fall from grace.
There’s probably not a single answer to the beat down we suffered, but I’ll point out one reason that’s had me steaming for the last two weeks: Democrats pretending to be Conservatives as an election strategy.
Less than a week has passed since Texas voters granted approval to the institutional craziness of Texas’ newest political extremists. If I could quit laughing long enough, I just might set my hair on fire. These days, I seem to alternate between laughing and crying.
America will witness a lot of speeches and flags, free dinners and ceremonies to honor our veterans today. Our democratically-elected opportunists will be there too, obtaining plenty of free political mileage. Unfortunately, after the speeches and photo-ops are over, the brave men and women of our armed services will be out of sight, and out of the minds of those who govern.
My 91 year old mother is always right. Always…
After every election she makes her routine pronouncement that goes something like this: Voters go to the polls not knowing why they’re voting or who will best represent their views. They don’t even know what they want, much less, who’s going to do it for them.
The number crunchers, bean counters, and data miners are frantically disaggregating the data from Tuesday and it echoes my mother’s wisdom.
Late last night, when it became apparent that a complete Republican occupation was taking place, I felt like the weeping Frenchman in George Mejat’s iconic photo; he watched through tears as German troops and tanks filed in to occupy Paris.
I’m not sure that voters realize what they just did, but in the months ahead, they will.
I’m not real big on crystal balls, cat entrails, tea leaves or tarot cards, but the underwhelming anemic turnout of Texas voters is a frightening portent for a future Texas.
For voters still waffling, come on! When early voting ends on Halloween, whether it’s a trick or treat will depend on the voting choices you’ve made. Call it selective memory loss or motivated forgetting but, I’m afraid everyone’s recollections are a little foggy about the egregious acts of the GOP in Texas and Washington since last midterms.
Perhaps all need a heaping dose of classroom drill and kill to relearn what you missed the first time around. Last week, people on Twitter did exactly that.