The Open Door

Falling through the universe at the speed of life

By David Glenn Cox

Well, it was the week of Christmas, and I wanted to take a break from politics and talk about the holiday. Talk about crackling fires and Christmas memories from days long ago. But I see how you are, everyone likes the homespun memories from days of yore. But few read them, but when I go back to politics not as many like, but six times as many read.

I lost the box of family super 8 movies in an accident but discovered on You Tube, hundreds of family Christmas morning home movies. What makes them fun is that they are all the same. Same clothes, same gifts, same decorations, same Old Spice gift set, same toys and television sets. Same furniture, same Happy Holidays tree and the same wallpaper. Plug and play. Just watch and make up the back story yourself, like Mystery Science Theater. Have yourself Merry little Firesign Theater Christmas. “Oh look, It’s your cousin Lenny! This must be the year before he went up for that Liquor store robbery!”

Okay, so if we were going to select a cast for the live stage version of “The Grinch that Stole Christmas.” Who would you pick in the metropolitan District of Columbia, to play the Grinch? If you said Joe Manchin, I would agree. If only, so we don’t have to buy that expensive costume. There are interesting forces at play here. For every firebrand Conservative cussing big government spending on Faux News, there are ten more waiting anxiously, quietly urging to pass the bill.

What manufacturer of heavy equipment, asphalt, concrete, or hard hats doesn’t want to see that trillion-dollar infrastructure bill come to fruition? So, a trillion dollars in spending goes down a little easier, provided some of the sugar is spent in my district, with my heavy equipment dealers. Now, this was a big victory for Joe Biden. A big feather in his cap, that I’m certain that we will all hear about again and again, come election season. This after Congress passed Joe Biden’s 1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief package. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s Joe Biden 2,  Republicans in Congress nothing.

Meanwhile, in another part of town, a media juggernaut plans strategy. “First, we will portray him as weak and ineffective. Stressing his advanced age and implying the President is in mental decline. Then, we repeat that message several hundred times per day on all of our media outlets.” I think you can begin to see why Joe Manchin torpedoed the Biden plan. “No, no, no, Joe Biden can’t be allowed to appear to win again in Congress.” Big business already got their candy apple. The defense budget is done. What the fuck do they care about childcare?

Joe Manchin is a Democrat, but that doesn’t mean the folks that support him with campaign donations are. I even doubt the existence of a left-wing coal lobby in West Virginia. But it’s nice to have one vote on the other side as a kill switch. West Virginians would have benefitted from the bill and the state’s economy would have benefited as well. Brother Joe Manchin would have been a local hero, re-elected time and again. Manchin has nothing to lose, but everything to gain.

Unless the people who operate Joe Manchin like a Denny’s franchise, say no. I have no doubt that Manchin actually said, the parents would probably spend the money on drugs. That’s who rich people think that you are. Deep down inside, you’re just no fucking good. You’d smoke crack while your kids sit on the floor and go hungry. After the first Covid stimulus was passed, Republicans forecasted much the same thing. A run, on crack dealers everywhere. Instead, most Americans put the money in the bank and didn’t touch it.

It’s just that simple, Republicans are not going to go into the bi-year elections with a successful Democratic President, who just ran the Congressional table. Especially, after they’ve gone to all the trouble and expense of painting him as weak and ineffective. If he’s weak and ineffective…,what are you guys?

There is no way under the sun, the Republicans are going to allow child tax credit for millions of working families. You know if you enact universal pre-K education, that’s gonna hurt the daycare center’s bottom line. Those children will be in school gratis, rather than running up the meter at the local KinderCare. They will be getting educated, rather than watching Barney reruns and playing with Lego’s. You know, a lot of churches have daycare outlets in their basement and they’re a big, tax-free cash cow for the churches. You don’t want to do that; not if it would hurt the churches bottom line.

Now as some of you, playing along at home, may have noticed. The Republican Party is having a bit of an identity crisis. First, they maintained it was about preserving voting integrity. Then they said, it was Antifa and Black lives matter that stormed the Capitol on January 6th. Then they said, “what insurrection?” But as more and more information leaks out. Many of the Republican names involved have gone to ground. Moe Brooks is buried so deep that Arne Saknussemm himself, couldn’t find him with a nuclear-powered bullshit detector.

The stock market dropped 1,000 points on the news the bill was dead. So? It is not good news, if it helps Joe Biden. For us, bad news is the good news! It’s time to change the subject. Time to paint working Americans as the slugs and drug abusers, they really are. Time to change the subject and talk about something else. Like Communists and Hugo Chavez!

Talk about inflation, caused by  low interest rates, or imported fuel. Talk about candidates too old to be President. Talk about your X-mas tree being set on fire. As Sarah Bernhardt takes the stage; “Oh, the great whoa which has befallen us! Oh, crisis and misery, why must you torment us so?” Talk about anything, but sedition and insurrection.

Put yourself in their shoes, would you like to run against a successful Joe Biden, and an insurrection? Jesus doesn’t want your kid in universal pre-K anyway. He wants you to keep making out those checks. The Lord’s work is never done. There maybe a wall between church and state, but there is an open door in the middle of it.

And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover, 
To entertain these fair well-spoken days, 
I am determined to prove a villain
And hate the idle pleasures of these days.

(Richard the III, Act 1 Scene 1)

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