You all remember “Freedom Fries” don’t you? It became all the rage (with the emphasis on rage) among the great unwashed when France decided not to be a partner in the coalition of the willing to invade Iraq. We got rid of “French Fries” in the Capitol cafeteria and replaced them with “Freedom Fries” just to show them Frenchies that we meant business. And “Freedom Fries” tasted so much better, didn’t they? They tasted like…like, victory! The sheer cost of the Iraq war was a obscene. The lives of too many good service men and women, not to mention Iraqi civilians were sacrificed for what? So maybe the French got it right, and we got it wrong. But, meanwhile, back to the huffing and puffing “we are right and you’re not” approach we do in this country we can see that for all the huff and puff we do, the huffs and puffs turn out to be pretty empty gestures. As Billy Shakespeare says:
it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing. Macbeth:Act 5, Scene 5
Yes, when we are angry, and there is a lot of anger out there to be sure, we like to take our ball and go home. Angry screams and louder signs that proclaim “Wake up America!” and “Restore America” and “Let’s take our country back!” have us scratching our heads going “Huh?” Now the Romney/Ryan (or R-squared Team) are being called the “Comeback Team.” From where? I don’t actually know. We’ll see how this develops in the coming weeks. I’m sure that Ryan knows about the North/South Korea thing, and he probably reads stuff, like books. Although a small point worth looking at is the Mormon/Catholic thing goin’ on. Maybe it’ll be a big thing or not a thing at all.
Speaking of differences and rhetoric and “things”, where’s the “huff-puff” on the right about the Michigan “Emergency Management Law” that in effect nullifies the voters voice? It cancels out the power of locally elected officials and puts a city’s management in the hands of a state appointed “manager.” Sounds a little like Stalinism. Is this the idea of “taking back America” that every Tea Party rally espouses? Where is the outrage for this onerous law? Is the law trying to un-messy the messy act of our democracy? I can only presume good will of the state in trying to help out smaller communities who are in dire straights, but shouldn’t “we the people” of the state of Michigan have a voice in it? I guess we’ll have to wait until November to hear from the masses. Then there are new Republican-set obstacles to voting across the country, from voter ID laws in Pennsylvania, to voter purges in Iowa, to reduced voting access in Democratic counties in Ohio. This latter move in Ohio is so blatant that is hard for me to understand how quiet the press is about it. Is it time to “Wake Up America” in those and other states where covert Republican voter suppression is rampant? It seems that in those states which are levying these un-American voting laws, the Republicans are trying to win elections at our cost. They use the specious argument that “we are trying to protect the vote by eliminating fraud.” Well folks, there is no fraud except in the minds of those who do not want to lose elections fair and square. I have faith that these moves to shut out the people will be shown for what they really are, a move toward watering down the hard-fought democracy we cherish. Bring on those signs! Bring on those loud voices! Where is Westboro? No wait. Scratch that. “God hates voters” doesn’t sound right…no pun intended.
As Kin Hubbard puts it
“It’s not what we know that hurts; it’s what we know that just ain’t so.”
So break out the “Freedom Fries” and lets get moving.
and so it goes…