Anyone who has frequented Tea Party gatherings has undoubtedly seen multiple signs sprinkled throughout the crowd calling on fellow citizens to “Throw the Bums Out!” Ditto for signs advocating terms limits. Oftentimes, exhortations for both are issued from the speakers’ platform.
Especially after bad days, liberals like to go to columnists like Maureen Dowd at the New York Times for some reassurance that everything’s fine with liberalism and it’s just the rest of us who are a bad mix of weird, greedy, ethnocentric, dumb, and scary.
In Tuesday's elections, the Republicans gained more than 60 seats, and now have a comfortable majority, in the U.S. House of Representatives, the world's most important legislative body. This is incredibly significant for several reasons.
People like me are often accused of wanting to return to the 19th century. But, if the New York Times is right about a new trend, some on the Left want to go back to the Middle Ages. What is that trend? Avoiding soap, deodorant, and even bathing regularly.
"Terror Stalks U.S!"
So screamed the printed edition of New York's Daily News last weekend — and it wasn't a forecast of Tuesday's election. Rather, it concerned the Yemeni "mail-bombs" and thus inexplicably lacked an exclamation mark; given the report's hysteria, I showed enormous restraint adding only one.
A lot of people talk about recycling; some people live it. Jerry Brown, who became governor of the nation's largest state in his late 30s, is going back to his old job, now that he's in his early 70s. And he is going back, he says, "full of energy, full of creativity and ready to serve" the people of the great state of California. How nice it must be to make such a gracious wonder of one's self. As Mack Davis used to sing, "Lord, it's hard to be humble."
One tragedy of war is that its victors write its history and often do so with bias and dishonesty. That's true about our War of 1861, erroneously called a civil war. Civil wars, by the way, are when two or more parties attempt to take over the central government. Jefferson Davis no more wanted to take over Washington, D.C. than George Washington, in 1776, wanted to take over London. Both wars were wars of independence.
Old war hawks never die, they just beat new war drums. Columnist David Broder, New Dealer emeritus at the Washington Post, believes he has discovered the elixir for our stubbornly stagnant economy, one that has the potential to make Barack Obama "one of the most successful presidents in history." And, oh yes, it will be good for the country, too. Heck, it worked for FDR, didn't it?
Most elections are about particular policies, particular scandals or particular personalities. But these issues don't mean as much this year — not because they are not important, but because this election is a crossroads election, one that can decide what path this country will take for many years to come.