August 10, 2011

It's starting to look like a significant portion of the voting public won't be able to bestir themselves to get to the polls in Nov '12 unless something changes radically. The Republicans don't seem to have a candidate they can rally around, and the left is pretty much disgusted with Obama. Of course, the center never really cared much either way, so their vote is completely up for grabs.

So which way will it go? Who the hell am I to try to predict.

But thinking about this has brought me to a realization of sorts. In the long run, it might be a good thing for the country if the Republicans won overwhelmingly. They have dug themselves so deep into the Tea Party line, that four more years of Republican insanity just might wake the country up from its fat, happy slumber.

Can you imagine, not just repealing Obamacare, but eliminating Medicare? How about privatizing Social Security? Eliminating the FDA and EPA? The Department of Education? All gone.

How long do you suppose it will take before we have rivers catch fire again? Until the smog in major cities makes Beijing look like paradise? How many will die from salmonella or e-coli? When all our kids are going to for-profit schools? We can barely regulate the drug companies now, what about when all our pharmaceuticals are being imported from China?

Oh, and we'll be accelerating the race to the bottom in wages, until everybody is working for Wal-Mart salaries. But it's OK, you'll be able to supplement your income with the hours you work every week at your second job at McDonald's.

If the country can survive it, maybe we'll be able to get together and force a movement to get the profiteers out of government and put the country back on a sane track.

*sigh* Or not. Your mileage may vary.

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