“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"

Monday, November 13, 2006

The Aftermath...

I've been struggling with what I want to say about last week's elections. I've started and then deleted a few posts. They just didn't seem to be going anywhere. Yesterday morning the associate pastor at the church we occasionally attend gave me a topic (unintentionally) to address. It was a prayer he delivered, a prayer that left me in a sour mood the rest of the day. I don't recall the exact words, but the gist of it was something like this:

Dear Lord,
Please give our legislators in Washington the strength to preserve marriage.
Did you get the message there? Now that the Democrats have a majority in Congress I guess this guy has his panties in a knot over gay marriage. He was upset, too, stuttering and fumbling with the words. Of all the horrible shit that goes on at home and abroad, much of which is a direct result of American politics, that's what compelled him to call out to God. I don't go to church very often, so maybe I've missed something. Maybe some other time he asked God to forgive us for the War we started in Iraq. Maybe some other time he asked forgiveness for the American greed that fuels so much misery around the world. He might have, but I kind of doubt it.

That moment in church would be the bitter part of last week's bittersweet victories, when you realize you're stuck in the fantasy land of the Reliable Republican.