What to do? Turn on the tv and deal with the inevitable rise in blood pressure or leave it alone and risk being ignorant of the next terrible pronouncement/development from the fascist lunatic in the White House? It’s a daily challenge here in 3rd world America. It wouldn’t be, except that about one-third of the electorate apparently thinks the way things are is the way they should remain.
How did we get here? How, if the Democrats take the Oval and the Senate, can we prevent this from ever happening again?
In my mind everything, well, almost everything, dates back to the end of the Civil War. It remains a giant scab on the nation’s body politic that never fully healed. Not since our two biggest political parties got together in a disputed election in 1876 and cut a deal to shut down reconstruction in the south.
Those who would “Make America White Again,” are living in a world that no longer exists. A world most of us would never return to. This is no longer a battle between liberals and conservatives. It’s a fight between decency and something else. Each day brings a new reminder of how much better than this most of us truly are.
A solution remains a work in progress.
Perhaps it’s time to stop denying how things really are, or as that late great Texan, Ann Richards put it, “Friends, it’s time to talk about how the cow ate the cabbage.”
With political madness swirling about us like a daily sharknado from hell, it may be good to remember that we have had better times with far better people. Like former Texas Governor Ann Richards.
For me, one of the finest moments in American political history was when Richards took center stage at the DNC to proclaim, “Poor George, he can’t help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth!” I also loved it when she leaned forward at the lectern and said, “Friends, let’s talk about how the cow ate the cabbage.” Rather, must have loved that one. It was pure down-home Texas. And pure Ann Richards.
I did finally get to meet Governor Richards. It was at the DNC 2000 in Los Angeles, and I told her how much I had enjoyed that moment when she talked about the cow eating the cabbage. She was every bit as charming and gracious as she appeared to be on television. She was good for Texas, and for the country. And we need more like her. All that we can get.
Ann Richards, has been described as “salty” and “irreverent.” A mother of four, she wore white leathers to match her hair and she rode a Harley. And she was filled with optimism. Could be that’s why I am so fond of the optimism, intelligence and strength of Elizabeth Warren – because she reminds me of Governor Ann Richards, a larger than life woman who lived up to the larger than life American promise of giving everybody an equal shot at success. Even those who weren’t born with a silver foot in their mouth.