Crabgrass in Congress and Culture

Jim here.

There are a lot of analogies running through my head as I pull crabgrass out of the lawn. How crabgrass grows! It loves the dry weather. Each shoot grows low under the good grass, and stretches straight out as far as it can. I am trying to encourage the good grass (St. Augustine) and a healthy community of grass in my lawn.

To get it out, you have to dig your fingers in deep, then stand it straight up and expose it, at which point you can see t where the center is, and where it came from, then pull it hard, killing it off, and letting it dry in the sun. Sometimes I run over all that I’ve pulled with the mower, to chop it up, and help it compost and fertilize the good grass.

Is this like what we should do to the sneaky spinning right wingers, planting false ideas about the economy?

I mean, we have had a Congress that passed laws. This culture of trying to overthrow the government is scary. Where did it come from? The Tea Party culture has grown like weeds in an untended lawn, and now their “we’re not going to take it any more” attitude is clearly threatening to poison the whole country and the global economy. They are sneaking to overturn all sorts of environmental protections in place, to kill programs that help people, and to try to establish blanket maxims that are simply evil and false.

“All government programs fail!”
“Obama is a liar!”
“Abolish the entire Department of (fill in the blank)!”
“Don’t believe the mainstream media!”
“Cutting taxes builds tax revenue!”
“We do not need to raise the debt limit!”
“Sarah Palin and Michele Bachman are rational thinkers!”
“Black is white!”
“War is peace!”

Yeah. They have established their own media. They think the more they repeat these falsehoods, the more people believe them. Hitler and Aldous Huxley said, ‘lie big.’

I have been calling them The Crazies, but that dismisses them and allows them to fester and grow.

I suppose these weeds have a “right to live,” somewhere, just not on my lawn, not in my Congress. A good lawn is like a good organic garden. We need a deep soil, of thinking citizens (who know when they are drinking poisoned kool-aid), nurtured by an education system that encourages opportunity. We need a balanced community of plants, who can debate civily, compromise, and thrive.

It’s time to pull the weeds, and let the good plants dominate.


About Jim

I've been leading outdoor environmental education in the YMCA since the 1970s. I love teaching nature, history, current events, being a dad, fixing stuff, groups, and general thinking.
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