As someone who has literally "partied for a living," I say this with absolute authority:
It's time to turn off the music, turn up the lights, present the bill, "gather up your jackets and move to the exits" and if necessary--and it obviously is necessary--call the cops.
And yeah, I remember the number. It's 9/11.
The Republicrats need to go home, and don't even get me started about a third party, because what this country really needs is a second one.
This was the first election year that I voted for any Democrat. Frankly, for this Buckeye, it felt a lot like sitting on--then cheering for--the Maize and Blue side of an Ohio State--Michigan game. But then it occurred to me, if those teams switched uniforms and the Bucks wore Maize and Blue and the Wolverines wore Scarlet and Grey--how many of the fans would ever notice they were actually cheering for the opposition? More importantly--or at least more interestingly--if the fans knew of the color switch, would they choose to cheer for their team's colors or their players who just happened to be wearing the opposing team uniforms?
"Things that make you go, 'hmmm.'"
Unfortunately, party and team loyalties--like other destructive habits--run deep, and as can be seen from election statistics, 98.8% of Americans who participated in this year's election, voted Republicratic--deciding between the R's and D's largely based on their own historical preference.
But should we really choose our representatives through habit? Who's to say whether red is more American than blue? Or donkeys are better than elephants or R's are preferable to D's? These are all abstract symbols, and since neither represents anything that actually opposes the "alternative" how can we say we have any choice at all? It's like taking the "Pepsi challenge" via some kind of shell game.
I googled "opposition party." The third entry of the 4,290,000 results was a link to Wikipedia which stated, "Opposition parties are created by the governing groups in order to create an impression of democratic debate."
I read through page after page of "opposition party" entries from around the world, but the first American mention of "opposition party" was on page four referencing, "Bob Barr beating 3rd party opposition."
This "3rd party opposition" is a joke. The grand total of America's entire third party "opposition" represented just 1.2% percent of all votes cast for president!
Wow! That's some threatening "opposition!"