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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Another one bites the dust

On it's own, the planned retirement of one Massachusetts House member is not newsworthy. Maybe not even an eight-person turnover. But The Associated Press' Glen Johnson may be on to something in suggesting it may be a similar to a canary in a coal mine.

The American political system is in a shambles. George Bush has presided over the steady erosion of comity and civility -- not to mention the Constitution. China is killing us with defective and dangerous products -- and its own citizens with political repression -- and Our President thinks it's OK to go to the Olympics opening ceremonies.

The General tells us that while we may not like it, we're not moving people out of Iraq. The Vice President, when confronted with a poll result suggesting 70 percent of America oppose a continued US presence, offers a response that will live with Marie Antoinette's "let them eat cake."


Congress is ineffectual to do anything about it, riven by partisan anger and Senate rules that gives the minority unusual power to control things.

At home, it's the same thing. The power struggle between Governor Deval Patrick and House Speaker Sal DiMasi has obscured some real work that has taken place -- and real problems that lie ahead.

The level of cynicism is so high that a common sense issue like protecting children in cars has become the stuff of mindless talk radio and Internet chat boards.

There's a glimmer of hope on the horizon. The incredible upturn in voter registration -- and the amazing growth of online fund-raising suggests there is a real thirst for changing anything and everything associated with the Bush-Cheney War on the Constitution.

But what happens if, after is said and done, we are left with the status quo.

Comedy Central's John Oliver probably offered the best summation: "Go Fox Yourself."

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