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By David Podvin
You're traveling through
another dimension -- a dimension not only of betrayal and deceit but of graft. A
journey into a shadowy land whose boundaries are that of connivance and
corruption. That's a signpost up ahead: your next stop: the Torricelli Zone!
Submitted for your
Monsters come in all
shapes and sizes.
A case in point; a
seemingly Democratic Senator from New Jersey.
At first glance, he
appears to be a reasonably normal progressive from a traditionally liberal
northeast state. But superficial observations can be misleading.
He is, in fact, a monster.
Not the kind of monster that kills, maims, or torments. He is a far worse kind of
monster. He is a monster whose promises to middle class and poor
people that he will be the defender of their interests have been followed by one
betrayal after another. In doing so, he and
his fellow monsters discourage millions of people from participating in the
political process. This, in turn, allows monsters that are even more destructive
to take over and terrorize the populace.
This particular monster
has once again voted to decrease the size of tax cuts for the middle class in
order to increase the size of tax cuts for the rich. This violates the most
basic economic tenet of his political party. During the Florida election
challenge, the monster repeatedly appeared on national TV to demand that the
candidate of his party concede even before the votes were counted. When the
Supreme Court stole the election from his partyís candidate, the monster was
back on national TV within minutes to again demand a concession and to praise
the greatness of the author of the Courtís atrocity.
In the past, the monster
has disgraced his party with corrupt and thuggish behavior. He has accepted
illegal gifts. He has verbally assaulted his colleagues. He has threatened to
castrate his fellow home state senator.
There are millions of
Americans who cannot bring themselves to vote for a party that tolerates such
disloyal and dissolute monsters, even though they recognize that the other party
contains monsters that are even more grotesque.
A party that appears to be
tied for control of the Senate might believe that the wise course is to tolerate
such monsters in order to serve the greater good of wresting power from the Dark
Side. But this approach is ultimately doomed. First, the tie is an illusion, for
our monster is only one of several within the party. Second, the party will
never be able to properly contrast itself with the gargoyles of the other side
until it can present a reasonably united front, and monsters cannot be trusted
to be loyal. Not to their party. And not even to those who voted for them.
As painful as it might be
in the short run, there is only one way for the party to gain the power that is
necessary to serve the interests of the common people who support it.
The monster, and the three
other monsters that voted yesterday to transfer wealth from the middle class to
the rich, must be cast out.
Itís time to send them to the cornfield.
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