Thursday, November 08, 2012

Wednesday Night Television Obama Bashing

Modern Family (ABC):

Luke (one of the kids) was admitted to the hospital. He's lying in a bed with an I.V. next to him. Lily (the little adopted Asian girl) was there with him.
Lily pokes at the I.V. and asks, "What's this?"
Luke says, "I don't know, but thanks to Obama, you're paying for it."

Survivor: Philippines (CBS):

Jeff Kent, former MLB player with the San Francisco Giants, Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers, was voted off the island. In the episode recorded before Tuesday's election, Kent had a few choice words for the show and Bronco Bamma:

You know what pissed me off? I think I've made about $60 million playing baseball, and I want this frickin' million dollars in this game and it's not even a million bucks! It's 600 grand by the time Obama takes it!

I'm a Game 7 World Series loser. You know, I've played in the biggest games in the world and the worst games in the world, but this just sucks.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

The Day After Yesterday

There is concern this morning after an election because the stock market is down and that portends great catastrophe for the nation. The stock market almost always tumbles on Wednesday after an election. It's recalibration of investments and strategy. Watch what happens on Friday.

There is also much gnashing of teeth and rending of clothes because this nation is so divided - more divided than anyone can remember. Personally, I can only remember to a short memory of the Nevada desert when I was 2 years old in 1956. My political memory only goes to 1972 when I could vote at 18. My financial political memory is much younger. But, the nation's memory is over 300 years old and it shows me that this country has always (no equivocating here) been divided roughly in thirds -- 1/3 yes, 1/3 no, 1/3 can't decide. The Colonies were never united within themselves, booting out any dissenters; our religions created regions of faiths, Protestant New England, Catholic Boston, Baptist South;  the Revolution was hardly unanimous with Patriots tar and feathering Loyalists; the Civil War - well, it was a civil war; some States threatened seceding with their own independence or joining Canada in 1812; the nation was greatly divided on the "Indian question" during the 19th century, reservations or 'the only good Indian is a dead Indian'; most of the public wanted neutrality in WW2 while the press wanted war immediately; Vietnam was obviously divisive, but not for reasons given today; Civil Rights was not a manifestation of the 1960s, but one that consumed us for this nation's entire history and still does; large swaths of America did not want the Moon program or the intercontinental hiway system, and the list goes on and on and on so much so that we are even divided on what we are divided about.

That America is divided is, in point of fact, one of our greatest strengths. Unanimity proved one of the greatest weaknesses of Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan, Communist USSR and China, and those regimes fell while many others are failing now under the weight of their own secular or religious tyrannies. In the cases of China, Russia, and the former Soviets - converting from a top down command economy and society to free market and civil society. For the Islamic world there is great turmoil which will take lifetimes to come to a rest. The peoples of Africa are learning to make lives and economies with formerly warring tribes, depending less on the largesse of the old colonial powers they hate and love at once. Through all this and much more, Earth continues hurtling through the vast dark space of the the universe that will expand forever or, at any moment, collapse everything into one tiny dot only to explode to do it all again.

America had an election yesterday. No one died during the process, no one was maimed, there were no armed combat troops patrolling the streets, and the UN observers saw something they didn't expect - a trust in the system that would be hard to duplicate in their home countries and trust in each other as individual citizens deciding - rightly or wrongly - the fate of America, as well as all other nations, not just for the next 2 or 4 years, but for decades and generations to come. We, and the world, witnessed a populous ravaged by storm, set on edge by threat of more storms, hurricane, tornadoes, and earthquakes where we've not experienced them before yet stepping up to help our fellows in distress in whatever way each of us can with money, food donations, and even clean underwear. And still we took time, uncoerced, to vote our conscience in the firm belief that no matter the outcome of the political and weather storms, Wednesday would arrive as it always has, that we will pour ourselves a cup of coffee, roll up our sleeves, and get back to work as we always have if not for something to do today and all the following today's,  but to see just how long this nation so conceived in liberty can endure.

Monday, November 05, 2012

From Hope to Revenge

From change to disappointment.
How very far we have fallen. How very much we have learned. How very much we have grown.

Where do we go from here?