Friday, January 22, 2010
Beautiful Jenna left her loved ones earlier this week. Family and friends will gather at Spring Grove tomorrow to spread her ashes and celebrate her life, love, and friendship. I am moved and humbled by the spirit of family and community that continues to surround her.
I am -- we are? -- disconnected from everything that's going on in Washington. The Republican won the special election in Massachusetts, meaning the Democrats have a 59-41 majority, not a 60-40 majority. Because of the ridiculous Senate rules, this apparently means everything; and not a single Democratic senator or congressperson seems willing to fight, to put their jobs on the line to bring affordable health care to millions. They seemed relieved to have this excuse. They seemed feckless. These are the people standing up for the disenfranchised? These are who are fighting for the middle class? I've never felt such disappointment; with Bush in, we had an excuse. And maybe that's how they prefer it - having an excuse. It makes me sick and removed from the process. The only way Democrats will stay in office is by exciting their base - not pulling to the center. Because if they're going to act like Republicans, the public will end up voting in Republicans - because they at least pretend to be strong and committed to a cause greater than themselves (even if they are completely disingenuous).
I still believe wholeheartedly that Obama is the best for the job and that he's as sickened by the Democrats as I am. But after all, he's an introvert - he's not going to react in a loud rage. He's reflecting, figuring out his next move. (Yes, I love my Kool-Aid, thank you very much!)
And then there's the Supreme Court decision, declaring bans on corporate free speech unconstitutional. I have no idea what the immediate and long-term effects of this decision will be, but it's hard to imagine that there won't be a great confluence of corporate and political power.
Whatever, I blame Bush.