Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration Day, 2009

Okay, okay, I know we're all feeling warm and fuzzy about what's happening over in D.C. right now, but at the risk of being the skunk at the garden party, I think it's worth remembering the magnitude of the bullet we just dodged with Obama's election, at least for a moment.

Want a glimpse into the soul of the contemporary Republican Party? Okay -- from 1984, here's the sociopathic Ronald Reagan, constantly invoked patron saint of today's GOP, getting a stiffy over the idea of nuking the Russians. As set to music by the horrified Jerry Harrison and Bootsy Collins.

Okay, now that I've harshed your mellow -- and with apologies to a certain frequent commenter here who I consider that rarest of rare birds, i.e., a principled, humane Conservative -- allow me to return to the Kumbaya Already in Progress with a song by the great Sam Cooke that seems, well, applicable.

Yeah, I know that Sam's deeply moving "A Change is Gonna Come" is the de facto anthem of the incoming Obama administration, but unfortunately there's no video of it because Sam was killed before he got a chance to perform it on TV. In any case, I figure "Ain't That Good News" sums up the stuff that's happening today rather well.

Pretty damn good news, indeed.


steve simels said...

Note to self:

Don't bum people out on a day they're justifiably feeling good.

Anonymous said...

But, does Simels regret etc. etc.?