Opinion: The reality is this is no dream


(With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore, who penned “A Visit from St. Nicholas” we offer this shortened parody.)

Twas two days night before Christmas, when all through the county

The shopkeepers were tallying, counting their bounty.

The stockings were stuffed with consumers’ good deeds,

Now they’re be looking for tax dough somewhere in the weeds.

Politicians were nestled quite smug in their beds,

As thoughts of more spending raced in their heads.

And Obama at the helm with Biden on his lap,

Just staggered our minds with more useless (stuff).

When out in streets there arose such a clatter,

We hopped in the car to see what was the matter.

In a matter of moments, we arrived to take in,

The news that a Bush could be running again.

One side of the aisle sent forth a sigh,

Because Hillary’s announcement soon would be nigh.

So a nation divided we assume will be clear,

And the election won’t come for a whole ‘nother year.

There’s but little time to change up this state,

And a third party’s coming just might be too late.

But we know the truth and it’s far out of sight,

As America wonders, Is “Idol” on tonight?

So we sprang to our cars, to our crew gave a whistle,

And straight to the bar we both flew like a missile.

You might’ve heard us exclaim, ‘ere we drove out of sight,

“Can someone right this ship and do it tonight?”

OK, maybe it’s a weak-humored Christmastime take on a classic, but our nation continues to be a horrid study in dysfunction. From politics to social issues, and from special interests to pure vanity (and the vain know who they are), there is so much to clean up and accomplish. And so, here it is, our Christmas wish for you and us: We all need to give ourselves the gift of holding our leaders accountable, and that, we believe, ultimately will get our nation back on course.  Meantime, we sincerely wish you and yours a wonderful, safe and restful holiday.

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