Thursday, February 09, 2006

Drinking Liberally: Lie, Cheat, Steal, and Govern

It's time again for Drinking Liberally, that weekly assembly of Democrats, Liberals, Progressives, and Whatnots, at Jack of the Wood in the thumping heart of downtown Asheville. Tonight we hope to answer the question, "How much can Republicans possibly get away with?" So far we've got lies, midnight votes, arm-twisting, bribery scandals, rampant cronyism, corporate whoring, power grabs, skirting the Constitution, ignoring the law, and wearing those godawful hair-dos that make every liberal want to bounce a quarter off their Aquanets.

The indicted Tom DeLay just got plum seats on the Appropriations Committee and the subcommittee overseeing the Justice Department, which is currently investigating an influence-peddling scandal involving disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his dealings with lawmakers. The House Republicans just named John Boehner their new leader, and then we find out he's renting his apartment from a lobbyist who lobbied him. Bill Frist is still under investigation for insider trading. The White House is being investigated by the inscrutable Patrick Fitzgerald. And the media seems to think, despite an ongoing 40% approval rating, that the President is very popular.

It's time to talk ethics, kids. We know that absolute power corrupts absolutely, so how do we foster ethical government without letting the criminal element bully our folks out of power? How do vote ethically when few candidates meet all our criteria for the ideal representative? How do we fight the corrupt establishment in any effective way?

First, we drink liberally. Come on down and hoist a pint for democracy. Tonight's special guest is Hal Millard from the Mountain Xpress, and he wants to know what makes you tick. Our numbers are growing every week, so come see who you've been missing. Drinking Liberally, Jack of the Wood, 7-10pm, every Thursday, look for the snazzy table signs.

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