Monday, February 8, 2010

Yes, we ARE due for a revolution

Thank you Sarah Palin for saying what many of us have been thinking for some time: the good ole USA needs a revolution (or "another" revolution, if you believe the war of independance qualifies as a revolution). Unfortunately for SP, she would not be likely to come out on top of such an upheaval -- at least not if I were in charge.

It's easy to throw around words like "revolution," especially when you are someone who doesn't have much respect for either deep thought or the meaning of words, but I suspect that, if SP were to really contemplate what a revolution might entail -- especially if I were running it -- she might be less sanguine in calling for one.

No, in my revolution, she, along with a great deal of her fellow travellers in the anti-worker-but-pro-big-biz, anti-deficit-but-pro-taxcuts-for-the-rich, anti-civil-liberties-but-pro-big-war, anti-science-but-pro-big-religion, anti-intellectual-but-pro-demagogue part of the population would be signed up for a mandatory visit to a citizenship retraining camp, AKA the guillotine.

In an ideal world, I'd like to remain on cordial terms with them all and share the country with them. In an ideal world, I could utter the usual platitudes about how all voices should be heard in a democracy. Unfortunately, in this world, where 1% of the population control 50% of the wealth -- and, along with it, the Congress and the media, to mention just two -- we have a situation that more closely resembles pre-revolutionary France than pre-revolutionary America, and which, therefore, more properly calls for the remedy employed by the former.