Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Let the wild rumpus begin!

Rumpus rumpus rumpus, I used to say to my son when we got to that part in Maurice Sendak's wonderful book "Where the Wild Things Are". Son Michael was a bit of a wild thing as a tot, though he has integrated that part of himself nicely into his adult identity.

No, the wild rumpus I'm talking about is the party that continues to happen now that the Dems have regained some measure of influence in Congress and, hopefully, over the trajectory of this nation which has been pretty much downhill over the past several years.

But I hope there's a designated driver or several in the party. This is not the time for every Dem to go on a tear of thanksgiving for power regained, for enemies vanquished, for vengeance exacted. This is not the time for every Dem leader to lord it over the vanquished, screw over the losers, make plans to rub noses in the mud and humiliate the opposition.

This is the time for all of us to cheer wildly for our success and then commit ourselves to integrity, honesty, compassion, and to work for the greater good, not the good of a few.

This is the time for all of us to bask in the satisfaction of a job well done and then bend ourselves to the new work of righting the wrongs that have been committed.

This is the time for all of us to love our enemies, do good to them who despitefully have used us, and walk the very straight and narrow path that leads to salvation. After a lovely wild rumpus, of course.

4 comments:

Joel said...

But I hope there's a designated driver or several in the party.

And I hope none of them are named Ted Kennedy.

ms. kitty said...

Yep, he sure could have used one in those days.

LinguistFriend said...

In at least parts of the fight, of
course, we are reminded that the victory belongs not to the large -D Demos but to the small-d demos,
to those who protested the imminent threat to democracy, to the economy, and even to the peace and physical well-being of the whole world. The character of this change is indicated quite simply by the fact that one cannot point to a single large Churchillian or even Rooseveltian figure who molded these events. The NY Times editorial on Sunday stated eloquently why it had to happen. Let us thank the ordinary people who made it happen.
LinguistFriend

ms. kitty said...

Thank you for that, LF. I hadn't looked at it that way yet.