There has been a lot of bad news this week. I feel like we are on the Titanic, the lifeboats are all gone and our choices consist of drowning or freezing to death. Nevertheless, here's my take on it all.
1. Fatwas: Some Imam with an unpronounceable name (Anwar al-Awlaki) issued a fatwa, called for the assassination of an American citizen, for starting the "Draw Mohammed Day." All those who participated are equally condemned to death, and all who support US laws and freedoms, which includes me and most of you. In response, I hereby declare an infidel fatwa on al-Awlaki, who should suffer the same fate that he wishes on us.
Meanwhile, once again ad infinitum, this proves that Islam is incompatible with western democracy and should be outlawed throughout the USA, Canada and Europe. All mosques should be torn down, all Korans confiscated and burned, and all Muslims deported. That's my stand, and I'm sticking to it. Of course, I may be irrationally intolerant of a "religion" that preaches and practices mass murder. I'm so ashamed!
adopted a resolution that the Tea Parties are racist or at least, have significant "racist" influences. Their silly declaration is a transparent partisan gimmick, likely to fool no one. At one time, charges of "racism" were deadly from a social perspective; the charge was like the Christian cross to a vampire. If anyone in the media (or its extensions, like the NAACP) called you a racist, your career was over. You became a pariah, shunned like Hester Prynne with the Scarlet Letter, only this one was an R instead of an A.
Once forced to wear the Scarlet R, the targeted group or individual was effectively neutralized as a political force. Now he or she was condemned to spend the rest of his life apologizing, explaining, bowing and scraping, and vociferously denouncing the evil attributed to him. This was the result the NAACP was hoping for: to implicate the Tea Parties as "racist," to damage their credibility and reputation, to plant the seeds of doubt in the electorate. This time, however, it isn't going to work.
We are now in the 21st century. Out of sheer auditory exhaustion, most people now realize that the overused charge of racism is usually empty and dishonest; it goes in one ear and out the other. The caustic weapon has run out of ammunition and is now shooting blanks. I'm a racist, you're a racist, we're all racists, racists, racists. When everyone is a racist, no one is a racist. Screw you, NAACP. (See Bob Belvedere's withering description of this racial relic, "Descent Into Absurdity.")
3. Demise of the Democrats. The economy continues to tank, oil continues to befoul the beaches of the Gulf states, and the sheer vacuity of our president becomes increasingly obvious. Some say this hurts Democrat chances in the coming elections of November. Like Mencken, however, I will never lose faith in the intelligence of the American people. If there's a way for Americans to shoot themselves in their collective foot, they will find a way. That's American know-how, baby. USA! USA! USA!
However, there may be a window of opportunity here. One can only hope. We may be able to vote in enough Republicans to reverse the Obamunism of America, at least for a time. However, let us not fool ourselves. Any change in the control of the House and Senate will be temporary. Once the recession eases and jobs begin to appear, all memory of Democrat malfeasance will evaporate. Political stupidity will return to the American landscape and the people will vote, once again, to give the Dems another chance. And the nasty cycle will begin again.