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As I watched the current political crisis play out, I thought about an episode of “Saturday Night Live” back in 1976 (when SNL was still worth watching). This particular episode featured Lily Tomlin in her role as Ernestine the switchboard operator. The skit begins with Ernestine being in an actual mainframe computer room (I guessed the computer was an IBM System 360, Model/40).
Ernestine: A gracious hello. Here at the Phone Company, we handle eighty-four billion calls a year serving everyone from presidents and kings to the scum of the earth. So we realize that, every so often, you can’t get an operator, or for no apparent reason your phone goes out of order, or perhaps you get charged for a call you don’t make. (At this point, she reaches into the card reader, grabs a stack of cards and throws them into the air.) We don’t care!
Watch this…(She goes to the console and hits buttons maniacally) We just lost Peoria!
You see, this phone system consists of a multibillion dollar matrix of space age technology that is so sophisticated (She moves to the console keyboard and begins hitting keys with her elbows) even we can’t handle it. But that’s your problem, isn’t it? So, the next time you complain about your phone service, why don’t you try using two Dixie Cups with a string? We don’t care. We don’t have to. We’re the Phone Company.
The skit closes with a placard that repeats her ominous words: “We’re the Phone Company. We don’t care.”
Since the mob scene that accompanied President Trump’s inauguration, I’ve thought about that because I believe that’s what the Democratic Party has degenerated to. In today’s America, we have two political parties; one composed of milquetoast politicians who, at times, appear to be afraid of their own shadows and the other composed of a confederation of thugs who will stop at nothing to achieve their destructive goals.
Democratic politicians aren’t tremendously eloquent; they don’t have to be. Because backing them up are their mobs-on-call. BLM, Antifa, militant environmentalists, teachers’ unions, pro-abortion groups, and the transsexual community can be called upon with a snap of the fingers. Their message is clear: cross us and we’ll riot, burn, vandalize, strike; any actions that will further the aims of the Democratic Party. Sometimes their crimes aren’t at the behest of the Party; they simply enjoy mindless violence.
Even when violence isn’t called for the Democrats can rely on a vast Federal workforce to aid them; either by police action (FBI) or by administrative action (IRS). Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, Carter Page, various Tea Party groups, and now Donald Trump. All of them were people and organizations that leaned to the Right; they had to be dealt with.
None of this seems to matter to the Republicans as they appear to believe that endless investigations will be a solution for all this thuggery. The Democrats aren’t having any of that. Remember the Contempt of Congress citations against Lois Lerner and Eric Holder? Does the phrase “Like Water off a Duck’s Back” mean anything to you?
On important matters, we can always count on the Democrats to coalesce around an issue or a vital piece of legislation. As for the Republicans, we can usually count on them to scatter in all directions. The Democrats have the likes of Adam Schiff, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer. The Republicans have Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger, and Mitt Romney.
The posts of @gleneisenhardt and @Nohaaj were absolutely correct. The Democrats allow our military to degenerate, allow thousands of migrants to spill over our borders, let crime run amuck in our cities, and permit our education systems to become little more than propaganda mills. And they care not a whit about the consequences because they know the Republicans will do nothing.
Until we elect Republicans with stones, we can expect more of the same. The day may be coming that the Democrats will be in permanent power. Then we can expect to see posters and billboards with the sneering visages of Obama, Clinton, Garland, and Swalwell over the huge letters that proclaim:
WE’RE THE DEMOCRATS – WE DON’T CARE.Published in