Thursday, January 25, 2007

I Have a Crazy Idea

The last time the United States held a national election without a Bush or a Clinton on the ticket of the two largest parties, I was 11 years old.

I'm 40 now.

The surest sign that we are reliving the late Roman Empire is that we are taking our "leadership" from the same couple of incestuous familial groups.

We probably are a doomed later Rome, but let's pretend like we're not. Let's work as if we can be an innovative, prosperous, just, ecologically sound society.

So let's keep Bushes and Clintons off of the tickets of the two biggest parties now and forever. Okay, maybe not forever. Let's put a 100-year moratorium.

Hillary? Ha. And you know that pinheaded governor in Florida is just champing at the bit to run.

James Webb, John Edwards--these are at least plausible choices. And there's got to be more talent out there. Please step forward.

We on the Gulf Coast should take the lead, because we know better than anyone that there is no "there" there. We know what happens in the absence of leadership.

We need to let people know just how bad things are.


Marco said...

Professor Longhair has a better chance at the presidency than Hillary. As for ole Jeb, I can't say or don't even want to think about it.

Mr. Melpomene said...

Conventional wisdom in Florida is that Jeb is going to pull a Dick Cheney and spend a few years in the private sector building a fortune.

ashley said...

Jeb knows better

jeffrey said...

Yeah it may be a tire metaphor but the comparisons between empires are definitely there if you look for them.

There is a fairly recent book by Tom Holland called Rubicon that provides a decent narrative account of the demise of the Roman Republic. I think Holland was purposely setting the table for comparative analysis but it's definitely worth a read.


Christy said...

Since I live in Florida, what I can tell you is that Jeb has said that he is "done" with public office. I think he knows he'd have a hard time getting elected after his brother. Although, I will say, he's done a decent job as governor, from my point of view.

Mr. Melpomene said...

"Elevate Incitatus"