Red State Island, U.S.A.

There’s no poetry in the presidency anymore. What was once a stage for soft talking and big sticks, of not fearing, of buck-stopping, and of doing for your country has been replaced by penis rattling and crotch grabbing games of “bring it on.” Today’s idiot bravado of presidential idioms floods our heartland with a sea littered with money that floats like lily-pads on its bloody surface of bobbing soldiers’ corpses. That sea circles the middle of the country and the Deep South, making entire parts of our country a cultural island run by unthinking, selfish, greedy, redneck, red state bastards.

This is no time to pull punches. I’ve actually seen bumper stickers on cars and splash-guards on pickup trucks and even on a Lincoln SUV proclaiming “Proud to be a Redneck!” Pride and prejudice, indeed! Why are so many people around here proud of their ignorance? Because they can be. Because they’re in charge. Because they believe their god, their race and their president will save them from the rest of us. Meanwhile, who is there to save us?

I think it is clear that we don’t want to wade across their filthy moat and join them on their disturbed island. Oh, they’ll try to get us there. They’ll throw bad legislation as unimaginitive as their president’s rhetoric at us to use as personal floatation devices so we can swim to them. Most insidiously, they’ll even give us legislative “victories” in issues we care about, like civil rights (as in the flag burning issue) and privacy rights (as in the gay marriage amendment), but be aware: those round, red things they are throwing at us are not life preservers. They’re targets, and they only tie up to the shores of Rove-land, where those most like them live.

Similarly, they will try to frame the “Victory in Iraq” resolution that’s before the House of Representatives today and tomorrow in two ways. First, they will say that they gave Congress the opportunity for debate on the administration’s policies in Iraq. Second, they will point to those who vote against it, and Prince Karl of Rove-land will be able to say that only the Republicans care about victory in Iraq.

We must be vigilant. Like the southern border’s new Minute Men, we must patrol the border of Blue-land, but not to keep people out. We should be watching to keep people in. (At least four Democrats crossed the aisle today to disallow amendments to the “Victory” resolution. Why??) We also need to look for people to pull out of the murky water who are trying to escape the red menace (allusion intended).

The Statue of Liberty still stands on our shores. Breathe free. Reach out and rescue a Republican from transparent rhetoric and veiled agendas.

Rescue a Republican and you may just rescue the country. Just remember that in our country, a strong military does not exist with out soft-talking diplomacy, that we do not give into fear-mongering, that we believe in government accountability and, for the sake of our nation, we all must participate in ensuring her a free and prosperous future. And one more from the last President’s first inauguration speech: “We must be bold!”

When we stand up, they will stand down!


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