Mrs. D's well-executed blog post got me to thinking about something....
Let's look at something she said as a postscript:
P.S. Mr. D. - you need more crooners and less angry young men on your MP3 player
I'll admit that I have a lot of angry young men on my MP3 player. But they aren't young any more. Elvis Costello will turn 55 this year. Mick Jones of the Clash turns 54. John "Johnny Rotten" Lydon turned 53 last month. Richard Hell will be 60 this year. Roger Daltrey, who famously declaimed "hope I die before I get old," turns 65 tomorrow. I don't know if they will be getting a table at Denny's to celebrate, but they'll certainly be able to get a few dollars off on a Grand Slam if they so choose. (And as an aside, I might mention that one of Mrs. D's most favorite song stylists, Marvin Gaye, left this earth in a pretty violent way 25 years ago.)
Perhaps bile is a preservative. It's pretty amusing, actually. John Lydon experienced his greatest moment of fame was when he and his mates emerged in 1976, snarling thus:
God save the queen
The fascist regime
They made you a moron
God save the queen
She ain't no human being
There is no future
In England's dreaming
Don't be told what you want
Don't be told what you need
There's no future, no future,
No future for you
It's 33 years on. Not only has that much future turned into the past, there's still a future ahead. And we still have the Queen, too. Not that John Lydon worries about such things much any more -- he's too busy selling stuff on his website. He's a successful modern businessman. Who knows, if the Queen has a sense of humor he might even be knighted some day. She's knighted worse reprobates than John Lydon.
We really need to take our Cassandras at a deep discount, doncha think? As we go through the coming months and endure more tales of woe, that seems like especially good advice. Consider the example of Jonathan Kay, a conservative columnist for Canada's National Post who really needs a Valium or something:
Conservatism as we know it is dead. Its last bastion of power, Washington, is being overrun as we speak, in a blitzkrieg operation fueled by popular panic and led by a charismatic field marshal. To the extent conservative ideology survives the onslaught, it will be as a guerilla force, making its presence felt on web sites and radio call-in shows but never in the corridors of real power.
No future, no future, no future for you! Somehow, I think the future will be a little brighter for conservatives than that.