Here’s an amazing opinion column in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune by Susan Lenfestey: Independence Day? Let’s declare a Unity Day:
I don’t know about you, but this year I didn’t much feel like celebrating America’s independence. Seems like cooperation and collaboration might be more to the point after six go-it-alone years of George W. Bush.
The same old “go-it-alone” song and dance. She can’t mean Iraq, because she knows that the Brits have troops there. She must, because she mockingly noted that Tony Blair was going to announce withdrawal plans back in February in a thought-provoking blog post entitled Hi-ho the derry-o.
Regardless of how she defines “alone”, her proposed solution to the excessive independence in America is quite novel:
Instead of a celebration of independence, maybe we need a celebration of unity. Maybe we need a massive weeklong Impeach Cheney and Take Back America rally in front of the White House, fueled by celebrities, and heavily promoted by the media, who owe us one big time.
Maybe we need Bono and Brad and Angelina there, to focus on the crisis in America and not the crisis in Africa, at least for a few months.
Maybe we need Martha Stewart and Paris Hilton there, to call on Scooter to do his time like a man.
Maybe we need the Dixie Chicks and White Stripes there, and George Clooney and Oprah, and any of the so-called “American Idols” and Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan there, and the younger sports stars and TV stars and rap stars and celebs I’ve never heard of, to put down their cell phones and Mohitos and hie their well-heeled fannies to D.C.
Again with the entertainment celebrities? Is there a problem on Earth that lefties don’t think Hollywood stars and platinum album recording artists cannot solve?
Incidentally, she also touches on a subject that I’ve mentioned a few times previously. It’s the way that political figures, mostly Conservatives and/or Republicans, are the practical embodiment of evil while they’re in office, but if replaced by another Conservative/Republican it’s the new person who’s really bad and the old one becomes more of a harmless idiot than the personification of Satan himself.
Who’d have thought that former Attorney General John Ashcroft — he of the drape over the bare breast of lady justice — would look like Marshall Dillon compared to Alberto Gonzales and his political hit squad?
Reagan went from warmonger and threat to civilization to kooky old guy with a bad memory. The same will go for George W. Bush. Today, Hitler. Tomorrow merely a loony frat boy who didn’t want to grow up. Easy come, easy go.