It's not merely because I'm in a post-DNC euphoria when I say this, but I would bet that despite the mind-numbing flack thrown up (figuratively and literally) by the corporate-owned right wing media, Barack Obama will be elected to a second term as president of The United States.
But let's table that for now, shall we? And by all means use any table you like. Glass top, folding poker, Formica®, whatever. This is America, after all.
So, what happens then?
Specifically, what is to be done now that so much wealth and fetid air has been spent in an attempt to demean not only the man himself, but his office, his policies, his genealogy and by extension the beliefs, rights and characters of all those millions and millions of Americans who have once again placed their trust and their sense in a second Obama term?
In other words, what do we do with the guilty, odious parties?
Not such an awful question given the scope of the damage deliberately inflicted by the corporate-owned GOP upon our nation as it stands today, as well as damage to those future participants in the democratic process. How do we mend what had been so calculatedly, so criminally torn?
At the Civil War's end, President Lincoln famously showed leniency toward the defeated armies of the Confederacy and bade them return to their homes that they might recuperate from their loss, and eventually reintegrate into the Union---a bygone but nonetheless potent example of compassionate conservatism. That simultaneously gracious and pragmatic gesture not only preserved the spirit upon which our republic was founded nearly a century before but preserved as well the dignity of the battered combatants and should have forged a stronger union in which forgiveness, wisdom and mercy were as solders bonding the once broken nation.
But the crimes perpetrated by these modern rebels (not to be confused with those citizens who bought into the defective product peddled) who time and again held the nation and its citizens hostage for base political aims needs to be addressed in as formal, if not as forgiving a way, such was their devastating impact upon this nation.
Because there was no glory in their war on America, no sentimental beat of a twelve year old drummer boy, no affable exchanges of hardtack or tobacco between cousins on opposite sides of the great struggle, only vitriol and lies and a landscape so blighted by both as to be uninhabitable. How can a people rent from their shared values as Americans by those who lied and exploited those sensibilities for sheer profit be expected to heal without a full pursuit of redress?
And the downgrading of "Be All You Can Be" to "Get All That You Can Get" is perhaps the worst offense of all, akin to utterly desecrating the one unifying hope for all Americans and for a world who once looked to America as not only a beacon of commercial opportunity but of self-determinative opportunity, a place where everyone did indeed have a chance to experience freedom. That is the death blow struck, that is the true sin committed. And it is that which should guarantee only the most forceful response in order to ensure that these enemies to freedom never have an occasion to amass again to launch an even more lethal assault. They almost did it this time. The culture will bear the scars for generations to come.
Sadly, it is not hyperbole to call the actions of a corporate-owned right-wing political party the greatest crime committed against America in its history, one that has purposefully injured American citizens and made the country less safe. Rather, it is an all too accurate description.
Having gone to enormous lengths to craft a fictional world that supports its destructive ideology, an ideology which is viewed as a pariah to the rest of the real world of real challenges and real people, deserves a real response.
Lincoln's grace helped to heal a nation torn by civil war. Considering the decidedly uncivil nature of the war launched upon the nation by one guilty, odious party, such grace simply would not suffice.