I am imagining a huge hurricane bearing down on the huddles of Republicans and Democrats, each hunched in conspiratorial circles around their own little campfires, plotting away about TV ads and televised speeches, while the lightening sears the electrical grid, huge ships get washed up on the streets of coastal cities, and homes are blasted and flattened. Those crazy strategists don’t even look up until the pouring rain puts out their fire, and by then the storm is on them and it’s too late to run and there’s nowhere to hide.
Reading the latest political blog from The New York Times “Caucus” column makes me feel sick.
Here comes a storm that may cost lives and billions in property damage, and all the brightest minds in Washington DC can think about is how best to play it politically?
If that is the way all threats to our wellbeing are treated by our politicians, it is no wonder that we’re in such trouble today.
I expect better from the Democrats, but as so many of my readers have insisted vociferously lately, maybe I need to take off my rose-colored glasses and see my party for what it is.
Just another political party whose main goal and raison d’etre is simply Power. Politicians who try to play by more humanitarian rules don’t seem to get too far in Washington. Once they get into the clutches of the political strategists, their lives and minds are not their own.
There must be another way.
I can take off my rose-colored glasses as regards what we have now, the players currently on the ground. But I refuse to let go of my hope that the system can be better.
True, the Marxist experiment has not worked, and nothing has come along to offer another vision of a more ideal socio-political-economic system.
Maybe the real end to that cartoon strip I’m imagining is what happens the day after the storm.
The Republicans and Democrats are standing on soapboxes making speeches about how much they care about the damage, but no one is listening to them. People are going about the business of clean-up with determination and good cheer, and it’s quite clear that they have no use at all for the out-of-touch pols.
Yes, those elected officials do control the purse strings of “disaster relief.” But that’s our money they’re parsing out! Our tax dollars, far too much of which goes to blowing things up in the military, rather than in constructing a solid, sustainable economy.
The question I am mulling over this morning is, what will it take to achieve fundamental political changes in our country? Can we do it by reform, or is it going to take all out revolution?
Or will Mother Earth do it for us, sweeping it all away to make way for a new epoch?