It Loves Me…Oh, Gawd It Loves Me NOT! The End Of A Political Love Story.
Wow. It’s been so long since my last post that I barely recognized the updates to the WordPress dash. My bad.
But it looks great. I mean, it actually makes me want to write…more often.
So…where have I been? Full disclosure. My last post was written in Colorado, which is where I was living at the time. I decided to go work for the Obama campaign in east Boulder county for seven weeks leading up to election night. After shutting it all down, returning to New Mexico and decompressing with some much needed Elliott Smith, SLEEP, sans CSPAN, and some traveling back east (by the way, did I say sleep?) I am ready to get back into the swing of things. President Obama may have won, putting an end to a very successful campaign against that guy…what’s his name? But while winning elections is one thing…winning major legislation in the next two years will be critical as it will determine the direction of this country. I intend to write about it! (Without the long absences)
I promise. (For the gazillionth time)
Much like what we unrealistically expected in 2008, I wish I could say we woke up the day after this election with every societal ill resolved. No. In fact, we woke up to a complete nightmare, which we continue to see unfold before our very eyes, and with no real end in sight. The difference however, is that we, progressives, are no longer the only ones willing to accept the chaos that is the United States Congress aka Republican Party. At least, that’s my theory.
Republican’s nation-wide are waking up to a fallacy. The demise of a true love story.
Four years ago, it was something special. The Tea Party was just oh, so charming. Sure, it felt too good to be true…but it really did feel good. So what if they were nothing like what you were used to? While your Eisenhower-Republican friends called you crazy, you sat back and enjoyed this idea of a good thing. You were courted. Despite all the baggage from the last eight years, you were willing to overlook it because it was that other guys fault. While you knew that the Tea Party was no good for you, you were convinced that you could make it work. You were so committed to this idea that you marched on the National Monument to denounce health care for all, even though it was a Republican idea just a decade before. You even went so far as to impress this Tea Party, whom you held up on a very high pedestal, to eventually replace strong Republicans and Democrats leaders in Congress in 2010 to get this Tea Party in.
Then came 2012. By this time, you were madly in love…but you’re the laughing stalk of your conservative, anti-Tea Party friends. They know that it’s not going to work out, but here you are holding on to this idea that it might just work. The Tea Party tells you exactly what you want to hear. At one point even convinces you that there might be a future. You just need to wait it out because election day is just around the corner and all the dumb things you’ve done for the party in the past four years will all be worth it in the end.
Then this happens.
The Republican Party is in utter chaos. They have pushed things so far to the right that they would rather wipe out our entire economy than to lose. Even though the demands put forth by the President are exactly what the American people voted for on November 6.
No cuts to entitlement programs. Let the Bush Tax Cuts for the top 1% expire. Extend the Bush Tax Cuts for those making under $250,000.
Instead, what we have is a lying John Boehnor, Speaker of our House of Representatives, attempting to explain his side of the story.
It’s taken four years for supporters of the Tea Party to finally begin to realize what a douche their party was. How could they have been so stupid??
Perhaps they have not completely made it out of the woods, just yet. However, I think our current economic debate (or lack thereof) will put their relationship into perspective pretty soon. (I hope.)