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Swallowing The Bitter Pill. January 20, 2010

Posted by littlebangtheory in Politics and Society.
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Ultimate Spawn (a.k.a. Supergirl 2 for those of you who visit The Pagan Sphinx,) called me tonight to commiserate about the loss of one of our Massachusetts Senate seats to Scott Brown, a liar, fraud and tea-bagging douche-nozzle of the highest order.

And as a newly minted intern at The Boston Globe, she pointed me toward this Globe commentary by Brian McGrory, which replaced a little bit of the sting with a little bit of a smile.

Needless to say, the piece, which wasn’t particularly flattering to Mr. Brown (or the Massachusetts electorate) drew skads of flack from Tea-Party zombies, to which I was prompted to add my thoughts:

“Well said and creatively put, Mr. McGrory, though it appears from quite a few of these comments that you should have arranged smaller words into shorter sentences.

The REAl take-away from this electoral idiocy ought to be that abandoning the progressive Democratic base in favor of capitulation to Theocrats and the Radical Reicht is a lose-lose proposition; Dems lose elections, and we all lose to the enrichment of the Corporacracy.

Scott Brown is a Palin-esque sock puppet and, as Willie the Shake so aptly said, the “idol of idiot worshipers.”  He’ll be gone soon enough, voted off our Blue Island in time for the new season.”

No doubt I’ll have raised a few hackles by morning, but hey, it’s the least I can do given the current situation.

When Heroes Go Down. August 26, 2009

Posted by littlebangtheory in Love and Death.
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Driving to work this morning, I turned on my radio only to learn that my Senator, Ted Kennedy, had passed away.

I cried.  We all knew it was coming, but hoped he’d somehow slip the noose.

Despite the personal failings of his younger life, Ted became one of the finest voices for social justice which this country has ever produced.  He was way ahead of us on so many progressive issues, from health care reform to immigration reform to…  the list is long.

His skill as a Statesman was legendary, marked by compromise on details and a laudable moral steadfastness.  I can’t think of another politician who so championed the causes of ordinary Americans, despite coming from a home life of almost unimaginable privilege.  It seemed that, to him, “Noblesse Oblige” was but a starting point for a life of service to you and me.

Replacing him with someone half as effective will be a challenge.

Goodnight, Senator.  You will be sorely missed.