What Rough Beast Slouches Towards D.C. To Be Born?

gopnomineesBy Charles Cullen

I don’t think Yeats would mind me borrowing a few lines to describe our current political situation. In fact his poem, “The Second Coming,” perfectly describes my fear of the awful thing that lurks just off the horizon–only slightly out of sight.

It’s time we come to grips with the fact that we are going to elect a Republican President, and probably sooner rather than later. We have a great little system set up in the United States but it relies on both parties (and let’s be honest, we’re a two party country) to be relatively sane.

I’m very well aware of the fact that both parties have always enjoyed a handful of lunatics, but currently one of our two powerhouse parties can see Russia from its house, is pretty sure that a woman’s body has ways of shutting down any chance for pregnancy resulting from “legitimate rape,” ponders diplomatic relations with Uzbekibekibekistan, and thinks it’s appropriate to invite people who have talked openly about murdering the President to the State of the Union.

We all know how the game works. The populace allows one party to occupy the White House for a time, then switches over to the other side of the aisle. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. In theory, this system promotes new ideas, new solutions to our problems, and prevents the kind of oppression one sees when a single party holds near permanent sway. It’s a great instinct…unless one of our parties most celebrated members wants to build a “Moon Base.”

And that’s the problem: the Republican Party has gone right off the sanity cliff, and they’re still holding onto one end of the rope in this game we call politics. The Republican’s little “Thelma & Louise” act has caused the Democratic party to shift right, or get nothing done at all. It’s caused the vast majority of the media to report one insane view and contrast it with a Democrat’s baffled response; all the while pretending that both sides have a point.

We have to come to grips with the fact that the “Southern Strategy” was a poisoned pill and it’s having side effects that no one would’ve predicted. Just look at the field of 2012 Republican Presidential hopefuls. I’m including Trump (who bowed out at the last minute) because he perfectly illustrates the level of crazy we’re seeing from the Republican party.

In no particular order, we had Mr. %47. We had the fire brand gay-bashing guy, we had Mr. Moon-base, we had the pizza king, we had a man who, while not technically a candidate managed to get more media coverage than Huntsman, and wouldn’t believe Obama was born inside the U.S. even if he were present at the President’s birth. We had a guy so dumb he couldn’t remember which of the three government agencies he’d cut, and in a touching but sort of sad way, we had Ron Paul, a man who tried to guess which of the agencies Perry would like to cut as if he were playing Pictionary.

Oh, and we also had a candidate who singled out “The Lion King” as a way to make children gay. Granted, the last candidate did suspend her candidacy after being trounced in Iowa, but the fact that she was ever allowed near the field makes me very, very nervous. Call me crazy, but I don’t think any of these folks were fit to hold the highest office in the land. Keep in mind that I’m leaving out the fringe candidates. We’re looking at the establishment.

I’ll leave you with a few quotes from Yeats that I think nicely sum up our current problems when engaging the Republican party and that drive home our desperate need to be ready for the next Republican President:

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; […]
The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

In the same poem Yeats also writes “ The best lack all conviction /while the worst
are full of passionate intensity.”

We’d do well to keep those two lines in mind.

Charles Cullen is a Blogging While Blue contributor and his work regularly appears on progressivepopulist.blogspot.com/


  1. Beverly Fraud says:

    Shirley, I see you ran away from your OWN words in the last post. Simply put, do you, or do you not stand by your statement that Beverly Hall was “a great leader”?

  2. The trial was the Bush administration, the crop of candidates, and the general behavior of the right. Guilty on all counts–and my legal instinct is to defend. Hell, I worked at the Innocence Project. Thanks for reading.