On the cusp of raising another child, I feel that the world is finally coming to sanity.
Of course the world doesn't agree. With the GOP taking unusual political bravado and pushing their agenda onto the citizens of America before they are truly ready, and chaos breaking out in the Middle-East, one has to wonder what is really going on.
The way I see it is the GOP has finally taken out enough rope to hang themselves, and they're doing a bang-up job at it. Really. As someone wittier than me had mentioned on Twitter, more voters turned up to oust state Justice David Prosser than it would take to push a recall vote of Gov. Walker. The latest news is that a 7K+ vote magically turned up in a largely Republican section of the state; pushing the vote count above the state-funded limit for a recount. This is accounted for due to an all-too human recount error in the district. Does anyone else see this as a little too convenient? Insanity at its best.
In the end, I don't think it matters. Or more accurately, it matters but it will spike a backlash against the GOP who I feel have overplayed their hand. What the hard-core Republicans (and also eventually the dyed-in-the-wool Democrats) don't know is that most people, even if they feel an unswerving belief in their chosen party's core values, are actually middle-ground politically. Sure they have certain issues that are more important than others, but I believe that people are beginning to wake up to the fact that the parties are abusing those issues to push for their own self-serving policies after being elected to office.
Politics in America, like a clock pendulum, sways one way and yet another but the average of the tick and tock is always in the middle. Politicians may have forgotten this, but the electorate have not because it is the place where they have always been. Lunacy on the right may have taken hold at the moment but sanity will restore itself. It is the way of Democracy.
Just like every sweep of the second hand denotes a minute on the clock, every sway of public opinion pushes us forward. Tick. Tock. First we're left, then we move right, but for the most part we spend a great deal of time in the middle. And always we move forward; not back. Between too much and not enough resides our generational truth. Moving toward craziness we inevitably swing back to sanity, because we cannot both stay at the edge and yet move forward. And moving forward is what Americans do best.
Sidenote: Today was born my third child: India-Rose Winter DeSloover, 8lbs. 9oz. This is a monumental happening in my life, yet a continuation of same-as-it-ever-was considering I already have 10 and 12 year old children. I tend to see this as a new opportunity. An opportunity for what remains to be seen as it is a colaboration between my wife and I as parents and Indy's own desires and dreams. What ever the future holds, I feel that there is providence in her being born in such interesting times.