My head is spinning. I am dizzy from wandering off into a new direction with every election, and just to keep this head buzz going, no matter how I try to cut through the kudzu of practical politics, it seems as if nothing has changed. The new direction is no different than the old direction.
And what about these red state, blue state tags? Not even that makes sense, although I realize that this designations came to us by accident of the media blitz in the 2000 election. But shouldn't the Democratic Party stripe be a red stripe, as in Communist red, signifying their penchant for tax and spend policies geared toward a national if not international wealth redistribution. That would leave boyish blue as the color signifier for the grand old party of the good old rich boy network. Just had a thought. Perhaps Republican red, as we now know it, is a reference to the willingness of the party to start bloody wars in Iraq. Now that's a army of change not everyone else in the voting population expected. Change can sneak up on you, like WMDs and Muslim jihadists on student visas...
Not long ago the Republicans were America-first statesmen which translated into a national isolationism, and an honest distance from global affairs, while letting the rest of the world take care of itself. And let's not forget how the eyes of many in the Democratic Party misted over in convoluted dreams of world revolution and the apotheosis of the worker worldwide, with a good portion of those despising the flag waving nationalism of the opposition.
Okay. So things haven't changed completely, but where is the party of Lincoln? Where is the fierce nationalism of FDR? We need a new direction alright. One that leads straight to home base. We need to steel ourselves in safety at home, protect our borders, get organized. As talk show radio clown Glenn Beck says, “Vote American.”
Because frankly, I happen to believe that Al Qaeda believes in change as well, and are hell-bent on demonstrating their beliefs one by one as outlined in their political platform, one that hasn't changed in over 1300 years. You can find those marching papers in the Qur'an.
No direction home. Politics as usual.