God help me, I swore I wasn’t going to do this, but I just can’t help myself. At least this time I’ll be brief.
We’ve just come off four years of bitter partisan wrangling that resulted in nothing except the passage of health care reform that was well-intentioned and will be a disaster. Congress’ performance was so poor that more than 9 out of 10 Americans disapprove of it. We just wrapped up an election season dominated by the spending of billions of dollars on negative ads loaded with half-truths and outright lies.
And what did we do? We re-elected the same cast of characters that we all say we’re so dissatisfied with. The same President, Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader. The same composition of both the House and Senate, except that each actually moved slightly away from the center, not toward it. Nothing changed, or if it did, it got marginally worse.
The apocryphal definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.” On that basis, we are one crazy nation.
One disagrees with Pogo at one’s peril. Hope and change?