Saturday, February 14, 2009

Post-Inaugural Frustration

Did you have the dream that this past national election marked a turning point in the modern American political experience? I confess that I did, but the dream has been mortifying into the same old nightmare since.

Every time I hear the words "Republican," "Democrat," or "bi-partisan" I feel the need to strangle someone. I speak strictly for myself, but I'd be willing to bet that a large part of the reason for low voter turnouts is that 60% of us don't give a rat's ass which party a prospective legislator belongs to; I want you to represent me, irrespective of your fraternity or whatever you call it, and you haven't been doing it.

There are more than 300 million Americans now, and each one of us is experiencing this day from his or her own unique perspective. There are very few, if any, legitimate partisan issues; you people were elected to represent all of the people of the United States. If you want to represent the Republican Party or the Democratic Party or any other party, do it on your own time. On taxpayer time I want you to shut the fuck up, and get to work representing me and my interests in the city, county, state and nation.

California Senator Bob Huff, you should have been fired as an Assemblyman. It's February 14th, and our state budget was due last July 1st. Lead, follow, or get out of the way, but at least have the decency to refuse your salary. Assemblyman Charles Calderon, the same is true for you, too. You people have one deadline and you've missed it by more than seven months this time!

Senator Harry Reid, quit sending me your damned e-mails and solicitations. I sent a little money to the Edwards' campaign, but I'm an independent voter - and you should be, too. This isn't a pissing contest; it's our government.