Tuesday, February 8, 2005

The Great Divide

The country is showing no signs of healing.  Liberals are still incensed at the very idea of a George W. Bush second term and neo-conservatives are still calling democrats who fail to rubber-stamp his policies treasonous.  The political atmosphere is like the brown cloud over Denver or Los Angeles: poisonous.  And it will not detoxify soon.  There's going to be hell to pay in the senate which still contains some democrats with backbone and republicans of conscience who will oppose the crash and burn this administration is trying to engineer either through intent or incompetence.

I hope that the next election will favor either a pragmatic (Clintonian) democrat or a more mainstream republican.  In fact, I predict that our next president will be John McCain.  Perhaps the country will swing back towards the middle.  However, we may be headed for teeter-totter back and forth wild swings from the far right to center for the forseeable future.  Farewell New Deal.  Farewell.

So it behooves us to resist.  One thing is crystal clear: we cannot depend upon the Supreme Court to protect minority rights any more.  The days of Lawrence v. Texas are over.  It was an anomoly anyway, and Virginia is ignoring the decision.  They have refused to repeal their sodomy laws.  So it's just a matter of time.  Eventually the issue will return to the Supreme Court and they will reverse themselves. 

Meanwhile, fair weather liberals who have the economic means to do so are moving north of the border.  Do they really believe that they need to flee the country?  We live in interesting times.

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