“It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into”

Jonathan Swift
"The Democrats have moved to the right, and the right has moved into a mental hospital." - Bill Maher
"The city is crowded my friends are away and I'm on my own
It's too hot to handle so I gotta get up and go

It's a cruel ... cruel summer"

Friday, May 12, 2006

a one-party system sounds like an improvement at this point.

An improvement, that is, from the current status quo in which no party represents The People:

The White House stood by its nominee for CIA director, Gen. Michael Hayden, amid new controversy over the surveillance programs he piloted as head of the National Security Agency.
. . .

The going got tougher with the disclosure that the NSA has been secretly collecting millions of Americans' phone records, said Sen. Joe Biden, who blasted the surveillance program but called Hayden "a first-rate guy."
I've said this before and it invariably pisses people off, but I'm not married to the idea that the Democrats are the only thing standing between us and dictatorship. If the Democratic leadership doesn't freaking care that millions of innocent Americans are being watched by Big Brother, they're not a real opposition party. They can have their role as Emmanuel Goldstein in the emerging dystopia.

Of course, party-liners of all stripes will criticize anyone says things like this for not having a solution-- and they'll be right. I don't have a freaking solution. All of the available options are just different forks on the road to Hell:

1. Swallow hard: support the Democrats (but, really, what have you done for me lately?)
2. Go to Disneyland: take your soma and go on vacation (whoops, wrong dystopia)
3. Love it or leave it: just go somewhere else (but why should those of us who believe in America's ideals be shove out by those who don't), or
4. Revolution: (as Billy Joel once sang "I don't have time")

Ungh. What am I leaving out?