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Of the Democrats and Divorce

In a way, the Democrat party is somewhat like a first wife contemplated at a safe distance in time and space from the divorce.

You know you loved her at some point, but you can’t really remember why.

You know she was beautiful to you then, but now you can only see the ruins of that beauty, and you are glad you had the best years.

You know that, yes, you must have been happy with her and had a lot of good times, but now you can’t remember where or when.

When you think about her now you can’t really believe you wasted all those poisoned years with her just because you hoped that somehow, some time, she would grow sane, beautiful, and young again.

In some way, in some universe, that hope should be true about the people you loved. When it comes to the politics you once loved it is never true. When a party goes insane and degenerates into a diseased mass of hate, into ‘an old bitch gone in the teeth, / A botched civilization’, it never really reforms.

Like they say in the National Parks, ‘Once a bear is hooked on garbage, there’s no cure.’

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  • pbird August 15, 2018, 10:15 AM
  • Dan Patterson August 15, 2018, 10:17 AM

    Divorce, you think?
    For my experience it’s more a crazy girl you slept with and is now stalking you intent on revenge (revenge!) for dismissing her affections.
    She was a pity bang, so I got mine and she got hers. I tried to be nice later and hope she got the message; let her use the shower, made a little breakfast, had some small talk and said good bye. She left her watch in the bathroom in a drawer. Have you ever put your watch in someone else’s drawer?
    So some days go by and here she comes in a place I go once in a while, all familiar and too friendly, plops her butt in a chair while I’m having a solitary bite and a beer. After too much time trying to get back in my bed and pointedly ignoring all the signs of “please leave me alone” I was sending, she storms off with a parting shot, “I guess you’re too good to be seen with me now, huh?”. Great. At least she went on her way.
    Now today I get this knock on the door and it’s a couple of cops, one slouch and one high-intensity broad with a red ass like some character on Special Victims Unit – what is that broad’s name…

  • Vanderleun August 15, 2018, 10:22 AM

    Great song, pbird. New to me.

  • ghostsniper August 15, 2018, 10:38 AM

    “You can only afford to be a democrat when it doesn’t cost you anything.”
    –gs, 2099

  • pbird August 15, 2018, 11:43 AM

    The old man version is great too.

  • Casey Klahn August 15, 2018, 11:46 AM

    My democraticalism was inherited. Then, I got saved.

  • tim August 15, 2018, 12:28 PM

    Being married to my first wife was like John Denver trying to sing ‘Where or When’, it just didn’t cut it.

    BTW, still looking for a second wife…not very hard, but still…

  • AmericusMagnus August 15, 2018, 12:34 PM

    Today’s democrat party personified… “I’m NOT going to be IGNORED DAN!”

  • Drake August 15, 2018, 2:25 PM

    Never, ever did I even flirt with the DNC. I grew up in Massachusetts and learned from an early age that the Kennedy’s and all who worshiped them were absolute scum. Have yet to see any reason to change that opinion.

  • ghostsniper August 15, 2018, 2:45 PM

    But WHY were they scum? Ever ask yourself that?

  • Kevin Dickson August 16, 2018, 6:35 AM

    I absolutely loved these paragraphs. As one of the very few Americans still living who will admit to having voted for Jimmy Cater (twice) I could perfectly relate to every single word. The last line really caps it.

  • arcs August 16, 2018, 9:42 AM


    Like they say in the National Parks, ‘Once a bear is hooked on garbage, there’s no cure.’

    Stolen. But, you will be attributed.

  • Vanderleun August 16, 2018, 10:42 AM

    No problem. I stole it from Gary Snyder.

  • Missy August 16, 2018, 3:11 PM