2015-07-07 – We’re getting some mixed messages from liberals these days.
On the plus side, there have been a couple of big wins in the Supreme Court. Obamacare is safe. Gays can get married. Donald Trump is running for President as a Republican. Bernie Sanders is getting a good deal of support for his candidacy on the Democratic side.
On the negative side, the rich are getting richer and everyone else is getting poorer. The planet is getting hotter. Cops are out of control. Everyone is carrying an assault weapon. And this week, in honor of the Fourth of July, we learned that the American Revolution was a big win for slavery.
It seems that slavery advocates in the South signed on to the American Revolution because they feared the British would shut down slavery and they could forestall that development by becoming independent of Britain.
Of course, this could be true. There’s a lot in American history that is troubling, to say the least. Did you ever read A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn? It is the most depressing book I have ever read. And the thing that makes it most depressing is that it is a reasonably correct account. Slavery. Genocide. Labor exploitation. The list goes on and on.
I’ve read the first half or so of the book twice. I can’t make it much past reconstruction before I want to slit my wrists. It’s 1880 and my ancestors haven’t even shown up on these shores yet!
Recent victories have given liberals hope. And when liberals get hopeful . . . well, then they abandon all hope and begin lecturing the electorate on our “original sins.” Since when did they become so religious?
We’re not bad people. At least most of us are good. Every day I not-kill anyone. I don’t steal. I’m not one of the 1%. I’m not overtly racist. I have no problem with gay people getting married. Don’t even tell me about it! I’m trying to get my kids through college. And I hope to have enough when they graduate that I can someday retire. But it probably won’t be until I’m in my 70s.
So, when I read liberal rantings about how bad Americans are, I think. Huh? What did I do?
You know, it’s not good messaging. If the fellows on the other side weren’t so crazy, I’d vote . . . no, I can’t say it. You ought to be able to find something positive to say. Appeal to our higher instincts. We got ‘em. Just no politician ever asked us for ‘em.
It’s like you’re trying to do a waltz to the Stars and Stripes Forever—but the music is in 4/4 not 3/4. At least you need a march that is in 6/8, like the Washington Post March. And you’ll have to dance really, really fast. Think Monty Python and the Liberty Bell March.
Sorry if this doesn’t make sense. It all came to me in a dream. I’m not kidding. I tried to make sense of it, but I don’t think so. I hope I’m not becoming a Republican. (The songs are good anyway.)