One of the most fundamental reasons why President Bush solidified his rein recently, and why the Right has been ascendant for decades is that their factions are unified in an airtight coalition. The needs of religious fanatics may not always seem to coincide with those of power mad billionaires but they always seem to work it out, whereas the various factions of the Left absolutely loath each other. Mainstream America sees the crazy, self righteous dicks on the Left and freaks out, while the sane, funny, utterly charming mainstream liberals like myself, who constitute the vast majority of the Left of Center, are obscured. I've written about that here before, and it's a major theme in my current play in progress Activision, but it was driven home to me again on Friday night, while I was enjoying the fine Irish folk music of One of the Girls at notorious counterculture hangout the Heartland Cafe. The brash, charming young lead singer Tom Schorsch, sensing an easy crowd, told a joke "What's the difference between Iraq and Vietnam? George Bush had a plan to get out of Vietnam." Funny joke. The normal people in the room all laughed. But an aging hippie in the back shouted out "He didn't even go!" indicating that he didn't get it or didn't much care. And there, painfully is the crucial difference between sane, non-dogmatic leftists and their fanatical counterparts: a sense of humor.
Oh, I don't know. This article might be proof that someone in the White House has a sense of humor:
The header: "CIA plans to purge its agency. Sources say White House has ordered new chief to eliminate officers who were disloyal to Bush"
My favorite quote:
"The CIA is looked on by the White House as a hotbed of liberals and people who have been obstructing the president's agenda."
You know...that CIA. The liberal one. The one that champions workers' rights and economic justice around the world. Never heard of it? Hmm...
This is kind of funny, given that --
a) the newly-reelected President is apparently calling for a CIA purge, and
b) the CIA has a long history of toppling democratically elected leaders.
So, now that Bush has been democratically elected...anyone up for a putsch?