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As southerners, my friends and I seem to spend “plenty time” watching for signs regarding this or that.  The signs could actually be our better judgment kicking in or guardian angels (dead relatives) whispering in our ears.  The continued bickering in American politics disenchants me—it is not supposed to be this way.  President Obama was right to reference the MLK adage “you can disagree without being disagreeable.”  What he doesn’t know is that fussing and creating mess is what some folks do on the left and right.

The Rolling Stones’ classic “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” has been in my head all week when thinking about those in the political/policy arena.  Senator Scott Brown’s win in Massachusetts was a wake-up call for both political sides.  The Left should learn to take it easy on the center because not all of America is like New York City and L.A.  The Right should learn that I was correct for years: if they produce less bicker candidates in certain situations, they could get more of what they want done.  “You find sometimes…you get what you need.”

(Here’s the creepy sign part) So, I go over to you tube to hear the Stones tune and remember that it was on the soundtrack of the 1983 film The Big Chill—what a movie.  A useless fact is that Kevin Costner was the dead friend Alex in that movie but his flashback scenes were cut.  Can we flashback to the 90s when people could have a civil discussion on issues before voting no. In route to the cemetery, a friend says that her last talk with Alex was about him wasting his life—kind of like blogging.


I have a friend who could be deep in Georgia politics but is busy with a real professional and family life; I say help fix the nation for your children’s future.  For the years, we debated politics and policy in the cafeterias in the Congress and since then over the phone.  She is the reason I know that some people on the Right are actually well-intended but she could do more to improve their methods and techniques. (No reference here to “As Nasty As They Want To Be” by the Too Live Crew.)


In the Big Chill, JoBeth Williams’ character steps up to play the Stones tune on the organ at their friend’s funeral and her character’s name was Karen Bowens.  Oh my goodness, that name is a few letters off from my congressional friend Karen Bogans who should be back in the arena in some capacity.  It’s a sign I tell you. 


I created this seldom-read blog to share the Blue side of our debates and hope that she will share her views from the Right in summary or something.  This blog has a southern bridge on the front page to symbolize the bridge from our southern past to a brighter future. On the Big Chill part with the Stones song, the funeral procession goes over a bridge near Beaufort, South Carolina—thirty-nine miles from the Savannah, Georgia home of my old congressional staffing friend.  That’s deep. 


During the presidential election, I voted for change but fully realized that President Obama would need some people on the Right who would offer constructive criticism in the same manner they did during Clinton presidency and the way the Blue Dogs talked with both Presidents Bush.  During Clinton years, that opposition also helped chill the fiery elements on the far Left.  While I trend toward centrists, our community could use a little political diversity in the form of reasonable people like our Georgia Senators or we might wake up one day and find that the really radical elements of the Right are running things.


The Big Chill was all about old friends remembering what they planned and getting on the productive path.  Let’s bury some of this ugliness like they buried Kevin Costner and move forward.  


Big Chill Soundtrack–music clips



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While traveling in Israel last week, Fox News was the only English-language news at my rented apartment.  They had a field day on the Senate win by Scott Brown but the real winners are President Obama and the Blue Dogs because this wakeup call justifies them moving the Democrat agenda to the center.  The center is a good place.

When the Democrats took control of the both houses of congress and the White House, the checkbook came out for all the items ignored during the Bush years; reasonable catch-up appeared to the untrained eye as wild spending and a policy free for all.  We did the same thing as congressional staffers when Bill Clinton became president but the mid-term election loss of both the House and Senate was an eye-opener or black eye.

President Obama’s Team can how craft policy that better reflects the heartland of America rather than the true liberals on the two coasts and the logical leaders will be the Blue Dogs who general sit in party caucus meetings biting their lips or holding their noses. Of course, those centrist members are from districts that are most vulnerable.

If the true liberals have a problem with the move to the center, they better get over it with a quickness or the congress will fall to some really far-right Tea Party types and those guys are as far one way as the liberals are the other. 

Senator Scott Brown is more liberal than Georgia Blue Dog Representative Jim Marshall in my opinion; the GOP lucked-up and got a candidate who fits the formula to win the center: likeable, energetic and less bitter.  He is nothing like most GOP congressional candidates in the South who voluntarily watch Fox News and like it—give Brown that GOP purity test and watch him flunk big time.  Mike Huckabee knows what is happening but the Right is too busy listening to Alaska to hear.  Winning nationally requires the sensible center.

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