For folks not familiar with the offense to the senses at low tide, let me suggest to you there is a smell about the air quite unlike any other; swampy, a little on the sewerage side, and yet somehow deliciously pungent and, dare I say, almost a little sweet. The muck and mud are exposed, the seagulls clamoring for an errant cohog that didn’t dig quite deep enough to stay out of the line of fire…a hermit crab scrambling for cover…and an overall raw exposure of things otherwise submerged in the nature that surrounds it.
Such is the state of affairs in American politics these days… especially now that Conservatism has begun to dig in its heels in various State Houses across the Country. What a wonderful time in America. The seagulls are getting busy.
Consider this piece in the Wall Street Journal:
With all eyes on Wisconsin this past week, overlooked has been the conservative policy changes that are moving ahead in New Hampshire. In recent days the New Hampshire House, where the GOP controls nearly three-quarters of the 400 seats, passed a bill to repeal the state cap-and-trade law that imposes a tax on energy use and a bill to make New Hampshire a right-to-work state.
Democratic Gov. John Lynch has vowed to veto both bills, but my sources in Concord say there’s a chance that the vetoes could be overridden. Meanwhile, Republicans are also set to pass a spending reduction bill with the kinds of public sector pension reforms that have incited protests from the labor unions in the Midwest.
New Hampshire has always been the island of liberty and low taxes surrounded by a sea of Northeastern-style socialism. It’s the only state in the region without an income tax or statewide sales tax, and per-capita spending is about half of what’s found in New York and New Jersey. Republicans won huge majorities in both houses in November after turning blue in 2008 and voting for President Obama.
If New Hampshire becomes a right-to-work state, it would be the only New England state that does not force workers to join a union and pay dues. The bill passed by 221-131 but still lacks the two-thirds majority that’s needed for a veto override. House Deputy Speaker Pamela Tucker said that becoming a right-to-work state “would help us become a haven for employers seeking a pro-business environment.” She added: “Freedom is a core New Hampshire belief, and freedom of association and choice is a fundamental right of every New Hampshire citizen.”
Can’t the very same thing be said about America, in general? That we, as a Nation, hold Freedom as a core belief? I do…I don’t know about a lot of other people around here…but I certainly do.
The common Americans…those unwashed masses and the general pitchfork-totin’, bible clingin’ rubes out there sent a message in the midterms just gone by: we’re done with business as usual, and we mean to change a few things around here. It starts in the neighborhoods, works its way up through the system and on to the State Capitols and their respective legislatures. THAT’s how change is inflicted on Politicians that stopped listening to us.
We’re like those damnable seagulls…and the cleansing has begun in earnest.