Monday, January 28, 2008

28 is enough

Here's a little something to think about: if you were born on or after January 21, 1981, you’ve never known a White House without a Bush or a Clinton in it. Personally, I caught a little of Ford and all of Carter, but for the past 28 years I’ve lived under some sort of Bush/Clinton control. That feels like just about enough to me.

Here, see for yourself:

George HW Bush – Vice President – 1981-1988

George HW Bush – President – 1988-1992

William J Clinton – President – 1993- 2000

George W Bush – President – 2001 - 2008

There have been kings with shorter reigns.

So, should Billary be elected this year and then somehow serve out a second term, we’d be looking at 36 straight years of Bush/Clinton. That’s thirty-six. Nine terms in a row. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9. In a row. Two families. Just so we’re clear.

To put it another way, if I were to live to be seventy years old, I will have spent half my life under the control of two (count 'em) political families.

Don’t even get me started on the frikkin’ nightmare scenario when, following the inevitable Clinton scandal (let’s be honest, those people owe a lot of favors to a lot of less than reputable people—it’s gonna happen), the country swings back to the right and decides the only way to fix the mess we’re in is to elect Jeb Bush. “He has experience and he speaks Spanish” will probably be the argument. That and something like “better yet, he’s against blacks, Hispanics, gays, lesbians, poor people, Jews, immigrants of all sorts, the middle class, the non-oil producing, the environmentally friendly, and pretty much anyone who isn’t white and rich!” Seriously. Watch that guy over the next 4-8 years as he starts jockeying.

Yeah, good luck sleeping tonight with that thought in your head.

I think it’s safe to say by the time that happens I’ll be safely living in another country. And probably having a good chuckle about that election back in 2008 when we could have broken the cycle.

Listen to Ted Kennedy. Listen to Caroline Kennedy. Listen to me. Register to vote and vote Barack. Next week and in November. Your kids and their kids and their kids will all love you for it.

Barack the Vote


Blogger minus five said...

don't rule out jenna bush.
or small barbara.

our very own hometown heroes.

5:27 PM  
Blogger dave said...

Hilary to Jeb to Chelsea to Jenna! Well, a girl can dream.

Nah. Barack, paper, scissors baby.

5:41 PM  
Blogger biggy said...

Barack-N- Roll. Barack you like a hurricane. I wanna Barack. I wanna Barack you all night long. We will Barack you. Barack the Casbah. Okay, I'm done.

8:18 PM  
Blogger Howard said...

We goin' to Barack down to Electric Avenue....

Lord, it'll take us 8 years to get through them all.

9:42 PM  
Blogger Howard said...

And Dave and Sarah, you throw in the kids and we could all die under the watchful eye of a Bush/Clinton reign. Man that would suck.

9:43 PM  
Blogger Bryan said...

I'll vote for ths guy as long as I get to whittle a Bar-ack of soap while sitting in my Barack-ing chair. Because that would be tha 'Bam-a.

But seriously, I'm fed up with this monarchical system.

11:47 AM  
Blogger minus five said...

for those about to barack, we salute you.

do you think kim jong il might come over to our side and be our dictator if we ask him nicely and promise him millions of beautifully designed step stools? or what's gaddafi up to these days? maybe he'd like to be friends and reign over our country.

i don't know. maybe we're limiting ourselves if we just choose from bush/clinton offspring.

12:51 PM  

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