Wednesday September 02, 2015
April 23rd, 2015
Much is distressing about going to watch the Washington Nationals play baseball these days. The fielding. The errors.
And that's just when you get onto the field.
But before you get through the doors, there's another set of frustrations to contend with. You have to walk through a metal detector.
Not that anyone was surprised, but now it is official. Hillary Clinton is a candidate for President of the United States. Should she win the Democratic Party nomination for President it would be the highest political achievement yet for a woman in this nation. Not to be forgotten, Nancy Pelosi served a term as Speaker of the House and we now have three women on the Supreme Court.
In all of rock 'n' roll history, one of the most misguided if entirely memorable refrains came in an otherwise excellent 1965 song by The Who. "I hope I die before I get old," they declared in "My Generation." I doubt that many people who joyfully sang along with those lyrics 50 years ago really believed them, except perhaps metaphorically.
Some time ago, I heard a power company executive arguing that humans have played no role in global warming. Actually, he went further, "demonstrating" that global warming isn't even happening. (This is often done by cherry-picking dates to start with an unusually warm year.) He ended by spreading his arms and beseeching us in his common-sense voice, "Can't we meet in the sensible middle?"
You must admit, it is amusing. One of the biggest complaints we've heard from Republicans about Barack Obama is: Boy, were we wrong to elect a first-term senator as president. We'll never make that mistake again!
Helloooo? Congress? Do you hear us? Nah, didn't think so.
Our letters, our emails, our goofy websites, posterboards and public declarations fall on deaf, security-blanketed ears.
Don Quixote tilted at windmills. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie seems bent on running for president, even after his reputation took a whack over that traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge. Even more improbably, he wants to campaign on a sweeping proposal to rein in federal entitlement spending on the elderly.