Why are conservatives wasting time fighting Big Bird?

I woke up this morning feeling like I’m in an alternate universe where 13-year-olds rule the world. Where I find out that Big Bird and Kermit the Frog are communists. Did someone think to tell them that Big Bird and Kermit aren’t real? Next thing you’ll tell me that Santa is a socialist or the Tooth Fairy belongs to the LGBTQ community. What’s next? Maybe we should have a bipartisan Congressional investigation into the facts, but only as they want us to see them.

I truly believe that the U.S. needs a two-party system. Mostly so one party doesn’t go so far to the extreme that it can’t be pulled back by the other. We need conservatives, who are more traditional. Without them there would be no stability, or a party to reign in liberals. But without liberals, there would be little progress. Progress is moving forward. Having two parties keeps equilibrium.

But when did we devolve from homo sapiens (wise man) to homo saltus (idiot man)? Because when you start talking Jewish space lasers on the moon and pick fights with Big Bird I have to think that, by observation alone, something’s gone tragically wrong.

Are some of today’s conservatives really people we want running the country? Making decisions on our behalf? Is this really not a party that needs to be pulled from the brink of disaster?

Linda Whittekiend


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