Posted by: JanF | December 3, 2010

Get off my lawn!

Somebody has just gotten on my last nerve.

But this is one problem I can fix … because that somebody on my last nerve is me.

It is too easy to get grumpy and out of sorts when your perfect view of the world is disrupted and derailed. It is too easy to fall into a pattern of shaking your fist at the clouds and yelling at kids to get off your lawn.

My perfect view of the world included a Democratic President and solid majorities in both houses of Congress. With that in hand (it was all for my benefit, you know) we would incrementally change the world. Incrementally, by the way, because I am from the Pragmatic Wing of the Democratic Party which starts with the Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party and adds a dollop of Reality as a leavening agent.

We still have the Democratic President and while the midterm elections took away our majority in the House of Representatives, we still have more than 50 Democratic Senators. The actual majority in the Senate died with Teddy Kennedy because the dysfunctional rules of that “legislative” body now require a super majority of 60 votes to pass legislation. And, to be perfectly honest, there were always at least 3 Democratic Senators who could be counted on to vote with Republicans on certain issues so the count was closer to 57 even with Teddy.

Ha. It turns out that my perfect world (like most perfect worlds) never existed.

So what is a Progressive Blogger to do going forward? Shaking fists at clouds is not very helpful and every time I yell at the kids to get off my lawn they just come back when I am not looking. And bring their friends!

So here are my New Election Cycle Resolutions:
1. Find something positive about the Obama Administration and Good Government and talk it up
2. Remember that a Democratic president can veto bad legislation
3. Heck, don’t even worry about #2, there won’t be any legislation, good or bad for two years.
4. Cross out any negative or cynical thoughts (But leave their bullet point there as a reminder).
5. Don’t lose sight of the important issues of the day and make sure that they stay front and center for the next two years. When we need to hit the ground running, we may not have time to dust them off and shine them up.
6. Remind others that if voters “rewarded” the folks who tried to make things better for real people by bouncing them out of office then the reward for the folks who will make life miserable for real people should be permanent exile.
7. Join your local Democratic party so that you are ready to pitch in when the 2012 election cycle cranks up.

By the way, these resolutions don’t kick in until the new Congress is sworn in on January 3, 2011. I am putting them out here now since the first time I hear the words “Speaker Boehner”, I will need to be heavily medicated and will probably not be online. Because heavy medication leads to tiePING lik tHis and little squiggly red lines under the text.

Until then:
1. Harry Reid – grow a spine
2. Republicans – grow a heart

The rest of you – get some rest. We have another battle starting in a few months and now is the time to start gathering strength for it. It will be bigger and more important than the 2010 midterms. It will be our last chance to move our country into a new generation for We The People and avoid sliding back into the world that Ronald Reagan ushered in 30 years ago.

(A version of this was originally posted on 12/3/2010 at BPI Campus)

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