In just a day or so, we as a nation have the chance to reject the policies and procedures of a government that has ruled of its own accord, blindly shredding all precedents before it in an attempt to craft its own rules and declare itself, as Stallone put it in the detestable 1995 film Judge Dredd, “the LAUW!” And if I’m quoting a shitty Stallone movie from eleven years ago, you know my metaphor machine is running low.
Five years ago, Bush ran a campaign as a “uniter, not a divider” despite the fact that we could all tell that he was being forcefully shoved through the political wringer much like the little boy whose mother drags him to K-Mart for a family photo, pushing down his cowlick with her saliva-slick hand. After years of what any sane person could see was blatant incompetence on the part of those in power in D.C., it seems that the nation just may be waking up and finally seeing just how awful this country has become under Republican leadership. I sincerely hope that wake-up call translates into Democratic control of both the House and the Senate.
It’s time to put our vote where our mouth is. While I vehemently disagree with Congressman John Barrow (D-GA, 12th District) on a whole host of issues (he’s against the estate tax – which Republicans renamed “the death tax” to scare people…to paraphrase Bill Maher, “it’s for really rich old fucks who die…”), he voted for the flag-burning amendment, he supports a ban on same-sex marriage, and he’s voted with Republicans alot – I’m still voting for him as all of that matters not. What matters in this very crucial election is electing Democrats and helping them keep their seats (the ones who are incumbents).
Today I plastered fliers from Democracy For America around the neighborhood. Others are getting out the vote with phone calls, emails, and good old-fashioned door-to-door campaigning. Whatever the method, I hope you’re doing it or have done it. It’s time to make these last few hours before Tuesday count. We don’t want to be wringing our hands over missed opportunities come Wednesday morning. Now is the time to make every minute count. For five years of lies on top of lies, for every deception we’ve endured, for all the hateful rhetoric and disgusting entrenched corruption they’ve eagerly swum in, it’s time to pay them back for their arrogant and power-abusing ways.