Passing The Torch

John F. Kennedy said it best. During his inauguration address in 1961, JFK talked about the passing of the torch to a new generation of Americans.

We observe today not a victory of party but a celebration of freedom—symbolizing an end as well as a beginning—signifying renewal as well as change… Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans.

Wow. A President who can actually string a few complete sentences together. I guess that was in the days before we turned elections into reality TV shows. I digress.

Clearly, the time has come in this country for a new generation to once again pick up the torch. And that generation had a leader in Bernie.

Okay. I know. Electing a Democratic Socialist in the USA in the year 2020 was a fools errand. Although I’m not sure exactly why. During this virus crisis when it takes an act of courage to leave home to search for toilet paper, just about everything that Bernie and his cadre of followers argued for has become a national priority. Toping the list: federal government financial protection for workers and small businesses and massive government intervention in the healthcare system and economy in general.

And to put it into a historical perspective, while we are subjected almost daily now to the incompetence of Doofus-in-Chief, another president took a different approach.

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So it goes.

At least I had the opportunity to vote for Bernie in 2016 and again this year. Not that it did any good. I guess it was akin to a kamikaze pilot surviving one crash only to jump into the next available plane. Oh well.

But I’m convinced that in the not-to-distant future the policies that Bernie has advanced throughout his career will be mainstream in this country.

Unfortunately, that isn’t going to happen as long as the corrupt corporate national political parties — Democratic and Republican — continue to serve up candidates like Biden and Trump.

It’s time to pass the torch to a new generation.

John McCain: The Last Republican

This has been a week of memorials and tributes to John McCain, the Vietnam war hero,  Republican senator from Arizona and presidential candidate who died at 81.  Senator McCain served his constituents and the nation with honor, dignity and integrity.

Unfortunately, the Republican Party no longer exhibits any of those qualities. So as we mourn the death of a great leader and patriot, we should also take some time to mourn the passing of the Republican Party.

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I used to consider myself a moderate Republican. No more, since the Republicans have abandoned any notion of compassionate conservatism to become a party consumed by corruption, racism and greed. And it amazes me that the people in this country who need help the most continually back the candidates who are determined to make sure that they don’t get it. Go figure.

Senator McCain admitted that he was far from perfect. And I agree. But my sense was that he tried to do the right thing by basing decisions and actions on what was best for the country and not for his own personal gain.

Still, McCain was not liked or respected by many Republicans who believed he wasn’t conservative enough. I guess they feel better now having Douchebag Donnie sitting in the White House, watching Fox News and waiting for the Mueller subpoena to land on the doorstep. And this is all happening while the current Republican leaders in Congress and elsewhere are milling about like innocent bystanders at a train wreck.

So we can say goodbye to the Republican Party at the same time we honor and bury John McCain: The Last Republican.