Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Save us Taylor!

As I watched Taylor Hicks become the new American Idol last Wednesday night, the thought suddenly occurred that the Democrats winning back the Congress might be a sure thing after all. It was the weirdest thing; I don't know whether it was Prince unexpectedly swooping in out of nowhere just before Ryan Seacrest announced the winner, or the fact that a gray haired, 29-year old --- who'd actually heard of Buddy Holly before he did one of his songs on Idol ---had actually gotten some 45 million votes from a bunch of Bush babies.

I really got the impression, though, that this is some sort of bellwether, some kind of sea change. I'm sure I'm not the only one out there who has been wondering when the tipping point was finally going to come, and it's really seemed that it would never come, but the moment Hicks won I thought this might actually be it. People are sick and tired of the fear mongering, the lies, the rampant corruption and the seemingly enless blunders this administration is responsible for. 'Enough is enough,' is what a vote for Taylor Hicks says!

The news the next morning that 'Kenny boy' Lay and Jeffery Skilling were convicted for their part in the collapse of Enron has reinforced my opinion that the world is about to be turned upside down. Imagine a jury deciding that the "I didn't know what was gong on" defense didn't wash. It seems to me folks have finally had enough of corporate big shots and the president and his henchmen taking "full responsibility" for blunders and debacles that they really don't have any intention of taking responsibility for.

Just last week, yet another Bush appointee, this time Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson ---just in time for Memorial Day ---- was telling Congress he took "full responsibility" for managing to lose the personal records of 26.5 million veterans. Last I checked he was still on the job making sure his underlings paid for his mistakes. This is no surprise as most of those in this administration that’ve screwed up royally get a presidential 'you're doing a heck of a job Brownie' and in some cases they get medals! The vice-president shot somebody and the guy he shot apologized to him!

What planet are we living on here?

Al Gore mentioned on Fresh Air the other day that his skit on SNL took place in an alternant universe, but he said some people had joked to him that what's actually happening now is really the alternate universe. I think he's about got it right. Who would have thought six years ago that the government would be hemorrhaging money, spying on Americans without warrants, locking American up without charges or trial, running secret prisons around the world, torturing people with the official sanction of the president himself and we'd be short one American city to boot?

I'd say we're Al Gore's frog slowly boiling to death, not just from climate change but from the total disintegration of our American democracy. One day, if we don't do something soon, we're going to wake up and find things have gone so far towards dictatorship that there's no turning back. I'd say right now about done. Someone teach Al Gore how to blow the harp, quick!


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