It is the end of a year and the end of the decade. Last night there was a blue moon. This is when there are two new moons in the same month. There will not be another blue moon at the beginning of a year for 19 years. As always, the older one gets, the more one looks back to see the road traveled.
This last decade brought us Dick Cheney, who was by all standards the worst person named Dick ever.
Dick Cheney hated America. He still does. “Dick” hates the America that does not agree with him, in which there are people who have the audacity to think for themselves and a Country that will succeed in overcoming obstacles without ruining our Constitution. “Dicks” hate an America where there are human rights to health care, housing, education and decent paying jobs.
This then was the decade of “Dicks”. There were many who fill this bill. First, of course, was George (Dick) Bush the Lesser. When I was a young man, I came home one night with a knife cut on my hand from a fight. My father looked at the wound walked me over to the kitchen sink, washed the wound, pulled out a needle and thread, and stitched it up. He asked me, “Did you fight with a man or a boy?” I replied, “A boy.” He said, “Good thing. Don’t fight with men; they didn’t get to be men by accident.” Bush is a boy. He never had to fight men. He was a coward of the worst kind. He ran away from a war he volunteered to fight, he drank his way out of obligations and attacked those who dared to question him. He started a war against innocents. He was the perfect partner for Dick Cheney.
Joe Lieberman is also a Dick. He obviously wants something for his vote for health care but is too much of a Dick to put it out there. Whatever he wants for Israel I say give it to him, so we can stop poor people dying who don’t have health care. Tiger Woods is a Dick . However, he only screwed over his wife and ten or twelve women. Lieberman is a bigger Dick; he is screwing over 40 million Americans. So, come on Joe, don’t be a Dick. Let women control their bodies. After all, you can’t have children, so stop trying to make everybody else have them. Let’s have a real conversation about birth control and poverty.
The Republicants and their screamers are also Dicks. I told you Olympia Snowe was never going to vote for health care. She is the kind of Dick that fits the definition. She hates poor people and knows that they have a place in society from which they should not rise.
Those who oppose immigration reform are Dicks. They hate America because they won’t allow it to approach Mexico and Latin America as equal partners, which would make us the most powerful continent in the world.
Those Cristofascists are Dicks. They see only the one god they created in their image as the way to run America. Think about it. America a nation — founded on the premise that religion and government should not mix — has now become hostage to the Cristofascists who want government run by the King James version of truth. Rome fell because it started imposing a state religion on its allies. If it had just left things alone, we all would be speaking Latin.
Here is the question of the day: “How long will America suffer the Dicks?”
The Dicks who yell, scream, and think that by doing so they prove they are right. The Dicks who pray that our President will fail. I really can’t stand Bush theLesser but I never prayed that he would fail as President. [I already knew he was a failure.] The Dicks like Limbaugh and fascist news network hatemonger’s don’t want there to be a real middle class. They are not afraid to let people die because people do not have health care. They would rather scream at themselves than try to find solutions. They want America to fail, at least the type of America that I love.
So America, let us resolve on this New Year’s Day to send the President good thoughts and hope that he makes the right decisions and that our Country stops making war on innocents like the Dicks did.
Let us stop crying about losing jobs and start creating new industries founded around saving energy. Let us stop crying about how bad it is and start figuring out how to make it better. Let us start by teaching someone how to read — how to add, subtract, multiple and divide. Let us help one another, and not be ashamed to look a poor person or mentally ill person in the eye and say hello. Let us try to understand that not every country wants our type of government or standards. But there is no reason why we shouldn’t have diplomatic relations with every country in the world. Perhaps if we weren’t so self-righteous it might just ease the tension on the planet. Finally, tell the Dicks if they can’t say anything in a civil tone of voice to shut up.
This year at age 62, a newborn child entered my life. Now, I may not be around for the blue moon next decade or to watch him get married, have children, graduate from law school, medical school or to become an auto mechanic, but I will resolve this – he will grow up in an America that will not be a country run by Dicks – if I have anything to say about it.
Steven J. Ybarra JD is a retired civil rights attorney who operates a consultant company in California. He is a member of the California Democratic State Party and is Chair of the Chicano Latino Caucus Voting Rights Committee and a long time political activist. Contact Steven at: firstname.lastname@example.org. This article is copyright by Steven J. Ybarra JD, originally published in www.Hispanicvista.com but permission is granted for reprint in print, email, blog, or web media if this entire credit paragraph is attached.