I’m taking a day off from being a grownup. In fact, I’m acting childish today. On my way to work, as I drove past the home of the man (Mark Koernke) who placed “Buy Gasmasks Now!” and “Buy more Ammo NOW!” signs in front of his house the day after the 2008 presidential elections, I let my Eff Flag fly and I cackled a derisive laugh.
I reveled in listening to John Boehner beg last night on C-SPAN. I’m laughing and laughing and laughing at the Red Staters and Freepers and the right-wing people I work with. Not in their face. But it’s in my heart.
And then there’s President Obama…
Last night President Obama made a statement that included this:
Tonight’s vote is not a victory for any one party — it’s a victory for them. It’s a victory for the American people. And it’s a victory for common sense.
Here’s the version I would have given on “I’m Not a Grownup Day”:
Tonight’s victory represents a stunning blow to the corporate interests that benefit most from the status quo. It’s a repudiation of all of the infantile rhetoric, the lies, the obstructionism and the fear-mongering of the Republicans and the Teabaggers and the idiotic conservative pundits on radio and television. It says, once and for all: “We won the election in 2008. We outnumber you. And we will continue to defeat you on any issue you can name because yours is a failed ideology and a failed political party.
But our president is a bigger man than me. He keeps his head when others around him are losing theirs. He never allowed the vile sputum coughed up by his opponents to keep him from his task of moving the ball down the field. I’m sure we all agree that mistakes were made along the way. It may be true that a different approach might have resulted in a better, stronger piece of legislation. Who knows? But at the end of the day, this remarkable man and his remarkable administration achieved an historic victory unattained by any previous administration.
And he did it without ever once decending to the level of his opponents.
Me, I’m not going to pretend I’m not reveling in the beautiful sounds of conservative heads exploding across the country and that I don’t enjoy the sweet taste of conservative tears with a smile on my face and a laugh in my throat. Just for today.
Then, tomorrow, it’s back to organizing and working to move our country forward. We have bank regulation and green energy/climate change prevention and immigration and education to work on. Eight years of Bush damage still remains to be repaired and I am now more fired up than ever to help with that.
But today, the conservatives can suck it.
I’m just sayin’…