It’s rainy and cold here, the kind that makes you want to stay in bed all morning.
In related news, Democrats won back control of the House and Senate.
Actually, unlike some of my friends, I don’t think it’s the end of the world as we know it. Think about it: our country began with conflict—Federalists vs. Antifederalists, Constitution vs. Bill of Rights. In fact, the entire system is built upon the crazy notion of checks and balances to prevent any one person or group from becoming too powerful.
I think what we saw these last twelve years was a group of Republicans not being challenged seriously enough and consequently becoming lazy, complacent and, in far too many cases, corrupt. That’s not to say all Republicans went bad or that having the majority sent them off the deep end or even that I think the whole lot of them should be lined up for death by seasoning squad. But if today’s loss in the House and Senate can serve as a wakeup call to the Republicans, then I see hope in the rain.
Oh, and before the flaming begins, let me just say that I am not deluded into thinking that the Democrats have a far better plan to offer. I still disagree with many of their major tenets: abortion, gay marriage, affirmative action, higher taxes, more government control, socialism light, ad nauseum. But if some of these numbskull Republicans can’t wake up and smell the statesmanship, then I say bring on the challengers. We desperately need people who will take the future of our country more seriously than their own personal demons. That or a revolution. (Read this very carefully.)
On a completely different topic, just wanted to let you all know (in case you didn’t notice) that I put up a “Compact” section on the sidebar. It’s a place where I can post little notes of interest without feeling the need to write up a 250 word article. I post to it alot more frequently than my journal. Think of it like Blog Lite. Or a tiny container of PlasticMind. Hence the name.