Ok, yeah, this is my own sour grapes reaction, but watching the election returns Tuesday, obviously disappointed, I took small comfort, but some comfort…history will judge wingnuts for what they are.
In 1972 Nixon beat George McGovern like a rented mule. But Nixon, as Hunter Thompson wrote (citing Robert Kennedy), still “represent[ed] the dark side of the American dream, ” and McGovern is still a genuine war hero and decent human being.
It’s unfortunate but true that there will always be Scott Walkers representing the dark side, and plenty of cretins happily following along. But there will also be the hundreds of thousands of people like the citizens of Wisconsin who stood up for all the right reasons…and took to the streets when anyone who’s lived through an Upper Midwest winter knows it’s an effort to merely survive, much less demonstrate. History will judge them, too.
I grew up in a conservative family, not quite as full of spewing hatred as hillbilly-herion-addict Rush Limbaugh and Zombie-Ichabod-Crane impersonator Ann Coulter, but Republican to the core. I’m proud that instead I chose to be liberal, and watching the people of Wisconsin take on corporate greed makes me even more certain my decision was right.
It’s not going to be easy, but even with Walker, the Kochheads, etc., progress won’t be stopped. And when future generations are asking what-the-fuck-were-they-thinking, ok, sure, I’ll be in the grave, but my rotting corpse will rest a damn lot easier knowing at least some of us did the right thing…