I just finished writing 23,014 words. The first draft looks mostly good, though I’m sure it will be slashed and cut to ribbons, and then have to be put together again and made better-much.
In the meantime, because I’m tired of writing stuff of my own, here’s a funny list my friend Kate sent me. I don’t agree with everything in it, but it’s a fairly complete tirade. Is there a similar republican tirade against Democrats? I’d love to see it.
What it really comes down to, of course, is power. The Democrats hate being out of power as much as the Republicans are loving being in power. If only there were a way to throw both of them out and have some more political parties in the game.
THINGS YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE TO BE A REPUBLICAN TODAY:
Saddam was a good guy when Reagan armed him, a bad guy when Bush’s daddy
made war on him, a good guy when Cheney did business with him and a bad guy
when Bush needed a “we can’t find Bin Laden” diversion.
Trade with Cuba is wrong because the country is communist, but trade with
China and Vietnam is vital to a spirit of international harmony.
The United States should get out of the United Nations, and our highest
national priority is enforcing U.N. resolutions against Iraq.
A woman can’t be trusted with decisions about her own body, but
multi-national corporations can make decisions affecting all mankind
Jesus loves you, and shares your hatred of homosexuals and Hillary Clinton.
The best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in speeches
while slashing veterans’ benefits and combat pay.
If condoms are kept out of schools, adolescents won’t have sex.
A good way to fight terrorism is to belittle our long-time allies, then
demand their cooperation and money.
Providing health care to all Iraqis is sound policy. Providing health care
to all Americans is socialism.
HMOs and insurance companies have the best interests of the public at
Global warming and tobacco’s link to cancer are junk science, but
creationism should be taught in schools.
A president lying about an extramarital affair is a impeachable offense. A
president lying to enlist support for a war in which thousands die is solid
Government should limit itself to the powers named in the Constitution,
which include banning gay marriages and censoring the Internet.
The public has a right to know about Hillary’s cattle trades, but George
Bush’s driving record is none of our business.
Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you’re a
conservative radio host. Then it’s an illness, and you need our prayers for
You support states’ rights, which means Attorney General John Ashcroft can
tell states what local voter initiatives they have the right to adopt.
What Bill Clinton did in the 1960s is of vital national interest, but what
Bush did in the ’80s is irrelevant.