Seems the once-Grand Old Party has an uncomfortable feeling these last days of 2011- similar to a knot in one’s underwear. It’s something like going to the hardware store and choosing which trash container would be best. Tough decision, naturally. They can’t make up their minds about who would best represent the once-Grand Old Party against President Obama in November 2012.
During this traditionally slow news period, the Iowa Caucasus are keeping the embers glowing with the violent swings in the mood of those attending the Iowa caucuses. Today Rick Santorum seems to have caught fire as the Newt flame dims. The Boston Globe called the set of GOP candidates a ‘clown show.’ Seems redundant to me. Mitt,
Donald, Michelle, Rick, Newt, Rick, Herman, Ron, Bozo, Clarabelle..or that scary clown featured in the USPS commercial.
I suppose that the current stew, which many Americans find so distasteful as they watch the The Show, is the result of too many spices, especially those bitter tea leaves. What’s that old adage: ‘too many tea leaves spoil the broth.’ Although that bitter brew appeals to a small segment of the population, most Americans prefer a more bland taste, especially for the occupant of the White House.
Yet, the right-wing pirates who currently hold the Republican Party hostage, seem to prefer the bitter spices- the ones that often cause indigestion in the rest of us. Thus they offer The People an agenda that, well, leaves a bitter taste in one’s mouth. Like sour milk. Stunningly, those on the far-right side of the political spectrum ‘believe’ that this recipe is just what American needs to cure its ills. Most of us didn’t even know that we were that ill.
Each spring my father ordered us children to line up and take a spoonful of something labeled, Alpenkräuter. It was a tonic that was ‘good for our blood.’ Nasty-tasting stuff! We could barely swallow it, but my father thought it was good for us. Alpenkräuter is a mixture of alpine herbs is made out of 59 different types of herbs, roots, seeds and fruits. The first records of recipes of bitters date back to 1050 A.D. I wonder if my father’s bottle was the original brew!
Why did we ‘need it?’ Because he said so.
Later in life I found the bottle in the back of a kitchen cabinet when I was cleaning out our house after he died. The bottle read, “Tonic- Diuretic-Carminative.” Wow. Did we children need that? No, but for some reason, he thought that we did.
That’s the point. He thought that this medicine was what we needed.
Thus, the right-wing, wearing their parochial, distorted glasses, actually ‘believe’ that this brew that is currently festering in Iowa and New Hampshire, will actually be ‘good for America.’