Remain Calm, Etc. : Hakuna Matata, Y’all
Posted January 10, 2013on:
“Hakuna Matata; what a wonderful phrase.
Hakuna Matata; It aint no passing craze.
It means no worries, for the rest of your days.
Its our problem free, philosophy…
Widdershins, I am in the grip of a massive case of ennui. I honestly cannot tell you if I have just stayed too wound up for too long, or if I just no longer give a rat’s dernier. All I know is that I am almost shell-shocked at this point i n time, and that’s not good.
It’s not like everything is all that great, either. Congress has still not re-authorized the Violence Against Women Act. Flushed with his sixteen point deficit with women voters,Paul Ryan has reintroduced the bill that would grant full rights to a zygote. Republican-controlled state legislatures are proceeding full-speed ahead on anti-women legislation as if the 2012 election never happened. Texas has already defunded Planned Parenthood and left thousands upon thousands of low-income women out trying to find health care from a list of physicians that is apparently somewhat shy of accurate. I can only assume that gerrymandering has allowed state legislatures to stay as noncooperative as the US House of Representatives. That makes the 2014 governor’s races crucially important. My governor should be amongst the first to go, so one would think that I would be charged up and ready to go. Nope – Hakuna Matata, ladies.
Then there’s Obama’s new cabinet. I saw a picture of the new group today and it’s difficult to see the difference between the new cabinet and the leadership of the House of Representatives. The President is the WH diversity, and Rep, Candace Miller, that poor woman who was put in charge of what amounts to housekeeping details, is what passes for diversity in the House of Representatives. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis resigned today. That said, Susan Rice might well be the new SOS were it not for the old white guys in the senate. Hakuna matata’ – it’s all good, ladies. Just keep telling yourselves that.
Soon the new cabinet appointees will be grilled by the Senate. Sen. John Kerry should be a piece of cake to confirm, as the Repubs are still wishing and hoping that former Senator Scott Brown will win the ensuing special election and return to the Senate. Of course, the may have to tolerate Barney Frank in the interim, which would indeed see them hoisted on their own petard. Former Senator Chuck Hagel will not be quite so easy. Seems that the same Sens. McConnell, Graham and McCain who waxed eloquently at the time of his departure now believe that he is to the left of the President, and I’m stunned that they even think that such a place exists.
Chuck Hagel is an old-school Republican, not a Neo-con. He is also an actual combat veteran, and did so enlisted rather than commissioned. He honestly believes that it is time to wind down the war and bring people home, and no self-respecting Neo-con could allow that to occur. Former Senator Hagel is not thrilled with the continuous operation of Guantanamo, and would be difficult to convince that another Middle Eastern front is a grand idea. There are some questions on some stances regarding Israel, although asking questions is not in and of itself anti-Israel. I ask questions on an ongoing basis about all sorts of things. At any rate, Sen. Hagel has a lot going for him, and it would likely be worth our time to hear him out. Hakuna matata, Senator Hagel. I hope that you at least get to speak with the Senate. If all goes well, perhaps we might look forward to expunging some of the ghosts of the Vietnam Era.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has returned to work, and was her staff gave her a rather nifty football helmet decorated with the Department of State logo. She has assured the House of Representatives that she will be there in two weeks to discuss Benghazi. In the meantime, I’m certain that the House has plenty with which to busy themselves, such as finishing up the Superstorm Sandy relief package. While they are at it, it might not be such a bad thought to go back and discuss some of those damage mitigation projects that aroused such ire when previously discussed. This whole climate change thing seems to be settling in, and while you might continue to deny its existence, it’s becoming progressively difficult to deny the effects. Hakuna matata, Congress, I suppose that you are waiting for the flood waters to fill your offices.
This is an open thread. Please feel free to add your Hakuna Matata moment to my list.
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