Watch out, behind you!

I’m sitting here on the balcony overlooking beautiful El Camino Real and across the street I see the second richest zip code in the country. It is so close yet so far away. Nah, I don’t dream of riches and people-who-do-that whatever. I AM one of those people-who-do-that and it’s not so bad I think. Atherton will continue long after I’m gone that’s for sure, but in the meantime I wonder what will happen to the zip code I’m living in right now. I’m thinking of the larger zip code, the country. FOX has been preaching the OK demise of the middle class, you know THOSE people, you know, like me. I’m trying to think of their end game. What’s the Koch brother’s end game? What’s Citizen’s United end game? IS it power? Is a wanting narrow slice of wealth? Just what is it? Preserving one way of life? Democrats have been branded breathlessly and cynically as un-American and Socialist and…and…and not nice people. As if the word “conservative” means Jesus and the saints and all that is patriotic. Well, golly Gee willikers (I capitalize the Gee because it means ‘Jesus’. Ain’t the internet grand?)! Why, I muse? I am a progressive liberal and proud of it because it makes good sense and wonder why the words have become dirty words.

I would think that every democracy-loving, Constitution quoting, flag waving person in this country would be proud to label themselves progressive. That’s what this experiment in government is supposed to do, progress. Everyone has a seat at the table, not just the rich, but the poor and the marginalized along with the believer and the nonbeliever, the race and sexual orientation different from mine. All are invited. Why should a few think otherwise? Or why should a few think they own the freakin’ table?

Citizens of this country, the table is set, the food is ready, now sit down and shut up!

and so it goes…