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On Flying Donkeys and Land-Bound Elephants

What goes up must come down, especially in politics.

by
David Solway

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July 30, 2010 - 12:00 am
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A party led by a president who breaks promises like eggs for breakfast and that features tax cheats like Tim Geithner, Marxists like Van Jones, Maoists like Anita Dunn, ignoramuses like Joe Biden and Janet Napolitano, clueless duffers like Steven Chu, shrieking blowhards like Howard Dean, hypocrites like Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Hillary Clinton, and moral degenerates like Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Charlie Rangel, David Axelrod and the late John Murtha, among innumerable others, does not deserve to remain in power for long. And indeed, the prevailing winds do not augur well for the Democrats. A recent Quinnipiac poll reveals that a majority of American voters are having second thoughts about Obama and, by extension, about the Democrats, who cannot be expected to fare appreciably better than their once revered leader. The poll, writes David Patten in his report, “is likely to sound alarm bells on Capitol Hill where many members of Congress will be up for reelection in November.”

A flying donkey cannot hover and glide indefinitely before the principle of natural deceleration kicks in. And so will it likely be with the Democrats, a party that may once have enjoyed griffin-like characteristics, sporting the wings of the American eagle and given to soaring. No longer. It is on the way down to a well-deserved ignominious landing, having exceeded its proper element of humble terrestrial governance and thus effectively perverted its mandate.

For reality weighs heavily upon a party that, in seeking to transform American life from the ground up by any and all means at its disposal — including entertaining the possibility of violating the Constitution, in some cases actually moving to do so, and most recently flouting the Voting Rights Act — has only turned itself into a parasailing caricature of administrative sobriety, practical restraint, and legal accountability. The Democrats have forgotten the invariable law of existence, to which politics is no exception: in the end, gravity always wins.

Luckily for the Republicans, for the time being at any rate, elephants are not so easily rendered airborne.

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David Solway is a Canadian poet and essayist. He is the author of The Big Lie: On Terror, Antisemitism, and Identity, and is currently working on a sequel, Living in the Valley of Shmoon. His new book on Jewish and Israeli themes, Hear, O Israel!, was released by Mantua Books. His latest book is The Boxthorn Tree, published in December 2012.
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