Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Life inside the Vortex
The citizenry of Washington DC, I mean those of us who actually live here year-round, is overwhelmingly Democratic. I think it's like 91% or some crazy figure like that. There are Republicans, too, of course - but mostly they live in the 'burbs.
I've wondered about this preponderance of Democrats, so up close to the functioning government as we are. I've heard a theory that, because Republicans are not so big on big government, they do a lousy job of appointing heads to the big federal agencies. It's not a priority. Hence the agencies are not run well, so all the people who work there suffer during Republican administrations. Democrats believe in the big agencies. They appoint really good agency leaders, so I hear. My clients who work for the State Department (for instance) love the improvements at the Department since Mrs. Clinton took the oath of office. Ms. Rice never got around to appointing people for a large number of big jobs, for instance, loading down the rest of those departments with a lot of extra work and no direction.
It's an interesting theory. I like it.
Speaking of the experience of being a citizen of the District, you can't imagine how much we are looking forward to the Rally to Restore Sanity. Everyone I know is going. For me it's a matter of how great it's going to be for the mall to have a group of people gathering to laugh for a change. There are demonstrations on the mall All The Time. No matter what the cause, those who participate are Very Serious. Very.
One reason I loved the Inauguration so much was that it was so joyful. I expect a lot of laughing to take place at the Rally. It would be a hoot if a lot of people showed up. Who knows? I love the sign suggestions from Jon Stewart. "I disagree with you, but I'm pretty sure you're not Hitler," is one of my favorites. I also like, "I considered bringing my shotgun but deemed it inappropriate." I'm definitely going to make a sign. Don't know yet what it's going to say.
I love living in DC, but it's an overly serious city. Sometimes we need to have a big ole laugh. Thanks, Jon and Stephen. What would we do without you?