Monday, September 19, 2016
Lest We Furr-get: When They Couldn't Take "Yes" For An Answer
We cats agree wholeheartedly that Democrats from the Presidential ticket on down need to show working-class voters who feel threatened by globalization how our policies, and not the Republicans', will benefit them and their families.
In fact, that's one of the reasons we're looking forward to next Monday's debate, when Hillary Clinton will be able to describe in exquisite detail how she'll cut middle-class taxes, raise the minimum wage, invest in clean energy and infrastructure, make child care more affordable and lower college costs. (Her opponent, meanwhile, will speak in word salads and meaningless generalities.)
We know in our feline hearts that Secretary Clinton, who has fought for families her entire career, crafted her economic plan with their welfare, and the welfare of the entire nation, in mind. And that as President, she will work hard to help all Americans, whether they like her or not — because Hillary Clinton is a grownup. (On the other hand, what her opponent said on FOX "News" this morning officially downgraded him, mental-capacity-wise, from a 12-year-old to a 10-year-old.)
But there's a nagging worry shadowing our confidence. It's our distinct memory of Barack Obama on Election Night 2008, when he said this:
"To those Americans whose support I have yet to earn, I may not have won your vote tonight, but I hear your voices. I need your help. And I will be your President, too."
This Administration has accomplished an awful lot, including rescuing the country from a second Great Depression. But we know now that as the 2009 Inaugural balls got underway, Republicans were plotting to never, ever cooperate with Obama on anything, even if the future of the nation was at stake. And we know that after nearly eight years of an America helmed by its first African-American President, an ugly and long-simmering backlash has finally reared up and manifested itself in all things Trump. For those people, despite his display of empathy and his expressed wish back in 2008, Barack Obama never was their President. They wouldn't allow it.
So will the GOP diehards deign to work with a President Clinton to benefit working families, bring healthcare to more Americans, and save the planet? Will the haters put away their T-shirts that say "Trump That Bitch"? We fear not. That makes us sad, but it also makes us HISS.