Morning Widdershins: We Told You So……….
Posted December 18, 2013on:
Good Wednesday, Widdershins, Mad has a scheduling challenge, so you’re stuck with me today.
I’m quite certain that y’all remember the whole, messy 2008 primaries, where we were derided as racists, DINOs, occult Repubs, and any number of less-than-flattering appellations due to our intractable refusal to ascribe superhuman characteristics to the latest Messiah of the Far Left.
I am reasonably Far Left – have been for the vast majority of my life. At least for long enough that I recognize a liberal when I see one, and I did not see a liberal when I gazed upon the junior Senator from Illinois. Instead I saw a Javitz-style pro-business, socially moderate Northeastern kinda REPUBLICAN. I’m familiar with them, as my father was an absolute Northeastern REPUBLICAN of the Javitz-Rockerfeller fiscally- conservative-socially-liberal variant.
Oh, but no. I was told by dear friends that I could not be more incorrect. This Man was a victim of such crushing social injustice that he would right all that was so wrong with the current system. I would argue reasonably that he grew up in America’s most color-blind state, graduated from Hawaii’s version of Phillips Andover and attended Ivy League schools, none of which sound even vaguely like social injustice to me, and be rewarded with patient but perceptible eye rolls. One person who has been a friend for thirty years told me somewhat patronizingly that she realizes that I am from the South, and that likely explained my inability to relate. She was unmoved by my retort that I grew up in the deep South during the Fifties and Sixties, and actually had more than a nodding acquaintance with social injustice, but what the hell?
Well, let’s take stock here now. The Dow Jones is at a whole new zenith, and the number of Americans living in or near poverty is soaring. (We told you so.) Rather than concerning himself with our rights, Barack Obama has pretty well left Bush’s surveillance apparatus in place with perhaps an enhancement or two. (We told you so.) The ACA rewards industry handsomely for using business practices once considered to be standard and reasonable. (Uh, huhn, we told you so.) Three cheers for immigration rights, and the number of deportations is higher than it has been under any other American president. (We told you so.) Much touted transparency has devolved into a tightly controlled image machine., with the once-adoring press frothing at lack of access. (Snicker. Isn’t he cool?) Iraq is a mess, Afghanistan is still in play, and the rest of the Middle East is lighting up like a Roman candle. Yes, also thanks to Bush, but Bush did not receive the Nobel Peace Prize, either. ( Et tu, Nobel Committee!!!)
So here we go again, Left-of-the-Left Wing Noise Machine. They do not want, will not have, cannot stand for Hillary Clinton. No, siree, not gonna do it. This time, however, there is some feeling that perhaps a woman might be a good idea, so let’s find an acceptable person, and run with it. Enter newly-minted Senator Elizabeth Warren. Elizabeth Warren is a great lady who is one of the most junior of all of our Senators. She has yet to make her chops in Washington. She has yet to learn the ropes. She has yet to show us how to pull things off. Please don’t do this again, because……………………
WE TOLD YOU SO. DAMMIT, WE TOLD YOU SO.
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