I’m going to say something that’s going to piss off all my liberal friends, but it needs to be said. I hope the POS/GOP takes control of both the Senate and the House in November’s vote.
That’s right. Not just one chamber but both. And here are the reasons why.
Reason #1. A POS/GOP Congressional sweep may produce an announcement from Orange Shithead that he’s going to run in 2024. Then we’ll finish him off.
Reason #2. We’ll have a daily dose from MTG who will be given some kind of leadership position in the House. That way everyone will finally have to face what the POS/GOP has become.
Reason #3. The POS/GOP will get nothing done legislatively in either chamber so who really cares? What did they get done in 2017-2018 when they controlled both chambers?
Reason #4. If the POS/GOP actually votes something up, say a bill which makes teaching CRT in public schools a federal crime, Joe will veto it anyway.
I love the idea that the POS/GOP believes they are winning the ‘culture war.’ When I was a kid, around the time of the last Ice Age, the word ‘culture’ meant music by Beethoven, poetry by Yeats, paintings by Picasso, fiction by Joyce.
When we said that so-and-so was ‘cultured,’ we didn’t mean that he or she was pro-abortion or against gay marriage. The word ‘culture’ had nothing to do with personal identities, or ethnic background, or how you felt about government mandates or anything else.
Thanks to that fucking internet, we don’t make distinctions any more about what we know and what we don’t know. If you get a text message or a video, you’ve been sent a ‘fact.’ If someone says something, anything, you can make sure it’s accurate by doing a quick Google or Wikipedia search.
In school, the word ‘research’ used to mean you went to the library and spent a day first at the card catalog, then looking through the index of a couple of real books, then taking notes, then comparing one source to another, then maybe knowing enough to think that maybe, just maybe you knew something about the world around you that you didn’t know before. Or maybe you needed to spend another day in the library, okay?
We don’t have time for that now. And anyway, we can get all that information and a lot more by simply tuning into CNN or MS-NBC at any time during the 24-hour news cycle because there will be at least two experts telling us everything we need to know.
Yesterday after the Select Committee finished up for the day, CNN had some former prosecutor on the news show who told us that the Committee got it ‘half right’ but there was still more work to be done. They still hadn’t tied Trump directly to the January 6th riot but at least we now ‘knew’ more about why some of the people came to D.C. and marched on the Capitol than we knew before.
And when this so-called expert (introduced for his 45-second spiel as an ‘expert’) was finished saying whatever some 30-year-old Assistant Producer put on the teleprompter for him to say, the show’s host thanked him and said, “we’ll be looking forward to what you have to tell us after the Committee meets again.”
Then, of course, we were treated to three advertisements pushing a pill if you suffered from COPD, a cream that would make your psoriasis disappear and a revolutionary new way to get rid of underarm hair.
Not to worry if you got up to go pee and missed the ads. You’ll get them again when you turn on your iPhone or your droid.
When the internet first started up, Al Gore said it would bring us all together on a worldwide superhighway where information would flow from person to person at warp speed. The world would be a smarter place and that was good.
Do I maybe sound a little bitter? I’m not.
I’m just not quite ready to think in digital terms.