Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Happiness is Good!



Bonjour Mes Amis.

As Puke eloquently if cruelly noted, we are each posting our own commentary on an article so as to give you a chance to decide which of us you want joining the staff of Make Me a Commentator (see
this post for details).

Anyway the one I've been given is by Will Durst called
Contract on America 2.1. It starts out very beautifully.
The calendar says the middle of Autumn, but for the Democrats it should be dead solid Springtime. As a group, I'm fairly flabbergasted they aren't spending all their spare time twirling and spinning and throwing spears of asparagus into a bonfire while wearing nothing but stringed acorn necklaces... or however it is that godless secularists make their sacrifices. For this should be a good time. One that calls for slow-motion skipping on the beach with bouquets of ribbons attached to helium balloons trailing in the breeze over their sun-kissed shoulders.
Isn't that a lovely image; people gathering to celebrate. Incidentally I would avoid throwing asparagus on a fire. Besides smelling bad, it would also call the attention of Abrilicon, the Dark Vegetable Lord who's hoary tentacles reach into every blade of grass.

But he goes on to complain that the Democrats aren't capitalizing on their enemies missteps. Rather they are stuck in the past; writing up a new Contract with America. Will Durst suggests several planks for this contract which reveal how much he despises them (2. The Stop Shooting Ourselves in the Foot Act . . . 7. The Stop Whining Already Act. . . . 10. The Never Run Another Effete Intellectual from Massachusetts for President Ever Again Act.). Durst, you need to be about building people up not tearing them down. Once you start tearing people down they aren't going to be as interested in what you have to say.

It's like when you are wooing une belle fille. You don't start with "Darling you really need to lose some weight." You start with her good qualities. Then when she is into you, you can take the next step. That's what you need to do here, in my opinion. There's so much anger and cynicism in the world; why not take a moment to smell the flowers?

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