Tuesday, November 07, 2006

this porcupine has to win

This NaBloPoMo business is proving tougher than I thought. Day Six and I'm hurting for content.

Blog about the election? Hrmmm? What is this "election" business you speak of?

Sorry, don't got much for you there. There are a million other people who do that way better than me, and judging from the lack of comments when I do blog about something political, you all would much rather read thoughts on why we're going to hell in a handbasket elsewhere.

It's not that I'm not excited about the election. I am thrilled with the very thought of removing Republicans from Congress, and am very pleased that finally, finally Americans seem to be letting substantive issues guide their votes, as opposed to wedge issues like gay marriage or ill-defined "morality" concerns. Unpopular war from unpopular president = removal of president's party from Congressional power. I may have only pulled a C in trigonometry, but that's an equation I can get behind.

What makes me unenthused is that Democrats don't seem to have any more of a plan for getting us out of Iraq while leaving it even close to the shape we found her in. Nor is there a comprehensive party platform on domestic concerns such as raising the minimum wage, implementing a national health care system, making college tuition tax deductible or any of the major issues you can hear on the campaign trail. It's a lot of promises but there isn't even agreement within the party of 1) if they should be acted on or 2) how to act on them. "Not Republican" is good, but "in possession of a comprehensive strategy to get us out of the mess the Republicans got us into" is much better.

Maybe I'm too cynical and tomorrow will usher in a new era of progressive social policies designed to help the most disenfranchised members of our society in the ways they tell us they need help, all while mending fences with the increasingly anti-American world at large. Or, maybe nothing substantive will change tomorrow.


Did I depress you thoroughly there? So sorry. Here, watch something funny and appropos of nothing. Oh, and vote.


I-66 said...

The best part about living where I do now is that I believe I can quite literally hit the school where I have to go to vote tomorrow with a baseball from my porch.

If we don't vote Democrat then the terrorists win.

Jen said...

Ah, Porcupine Racetrack. Just what I needed to get me through my all-nighter. Thanks, sis!