As the inability of President Obama and the Democrats to direct the national dialogue over the economy grows, I believe that I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that the American two-party political process has become completely irrelevant as an instrument of change. The corporate interests will no longer permit a person like FDR, LBJ, JFK or Bill Clinton to be elected to the presidency of our great country. After the past eight years of Bush’s deregulation, massive tax cuts, endless feeding of the military-industrial complex with constant and unnecessary wars and crony capitalism, the Powers-That-Be are far too entrenched to allow any leader to derail their gravy trains.
The patriarchy, the plutocracy, whatever you want to call it – it’s still in charge and will protect itself at all costs; and that problem is never going to go away unless we start electing more women to higher office. Women think differently, speak differently, interact differently and legislate differently, no matter what party they align themselves with. We women are the hope of our nation and of the world – an unexplored and underexploited resource that is being ignored, as Riverdaughter says, at great cost. (I’ll have a post on Sunday that explores an example of this process happening right now. The 30% Solution really does work. Really!)
In the meantime, I will try to savor the little victories like the expansion of SCHIP passing, and the international community’s joy at the prospect of Hillary Clinton’s leadership at the State Department, while knowing that the larger victories are some time away. I’ll continue to hold the Dems and Repubs accountable for their unwillingness to do what’s right for America, without being too disappointed when they meet my lowered expectations. And I’ll try find something beautiful and good to concentrate on – a lovely piece of music, a phone call from a friend, a hug from my spouse, the savor of a good book, a “well-done” at work.
This too shall pass.