January 17, 2009

The United States of Obama

Aw, Christ. No historical resonances here. Don't you dare mention anything that happened in the twentieth century. You'll ruin the party (that would be the newly "branded" Obama Party), and you wouldn't want to do that, would you? Would you?

Oh, yeah. I have plenty of thoughts about where this kind of development could lead. But it's the weekend, and I don't feel like going into it. Besides, it's too damned depressing.

But you can place your bets with me about how long it will be before some kind of involuntary "voluntary" national service is folded into and/or affiliated with "Organizing for America" and "protecting the Obama brand." My bet says it happens sometime toward the end of Year One of the Obama Transformation. Think of it: "Obama 2.0." Or, rather, don't think of it. Sorry.

So look at it this way: if you missed a few of the low points in history -- "low" being like, you know, a euphemism for really bad times, but I don't want to scare the children or unnerve those of you feeling just a wee bit skittish at the moment -- you get to live them now!

And you can work for the greater glory of The United States of Obama!

Some country we got here. What are air fares to New Zealand at the moment?

Forget this business. Listen to some great music.