Ar Megiddo

November’s gonna blow

One of the reasons, I am pessimistic about November is that I don’t see Democrats turning out in huge numbers in the contests we’ve had so far. Democrats are so afraid to lead and inspire, that rank and file Democrats are unmotivated to turn out.

Because even though everything the Republicans have touched has turned out flatter than hammered shit

So we’ve got Israel attacking Lebanon. Israel attacking Palestine. Hezbollah attacking Israel. Palestinians attacking Israel. Israel threatening to attack Syria and Iran. Iran meddling in Iraq. The US meddling in Iraq. Lots of terrorists and insurgents targetting the US. The US threatening Iran. Sunnis attacking Shiites. Shiites attacking Sunnis. The US and NATO fighting a resurgant Taliban in Afghanistan. Kurds attacking Turks.

Nobody’s all that excited about voting. And how could they be when, in the midst of an international crisis, Congress has its eye on the least important thing on earth?

The House, citing the nation’s religious origins, voted Wednesday to protect the Pledge of Allegiance from federal judges who might try to stop schoolchildren and others from reciting it because of the phrase “under God.” The legislation, a priority of social conservatives, passed 260-167.

Now I’m sure Barack Obama and Amy Sullivan will come right along and tell me that instances like this are important because they provide windows of opportunity to show people we care about religious values, and that voting to protect something that should need no protection is a real sign of deep spiritual seriousness and respect.

All I can think of is that at a time when Hezbollah is bombing the hometown of Jesus and war is erupting yet again in the land that gave shelter to three of the world’s most venerable religions, it is an exercise of near-criminal arrogance and self-involvement to presume that God needs our protection from being excised from our national loyalty oath.

I am often angry with our elected officials. I am often disappointed. I am sometimes thrilled. I am nearly always impatient with their focus on the trivial and symbolic over the real, with their inability to sell any message that isn’t pre-sold.

Today, in the face of this, I am ashamed.

A.