Sunday, August 28, 2011

Dick, George, Barack, and me--a nightmare in one act

On my recent vacation, I had nightmares every night. I suspect that had a lot to do with the fact that there has been significant stress in my life lately and my brain hadn’t had a chance to process all of that until I had some long-overdue “down time.”

Here’s what the National Institutes of Health have to say about dreams:

Some scientists believe dreams are the [brain] cortex's attempt to find meaning in the random signals that it receives during REM sleep. The cortex is the part of the brain that interprets and organizes information from the environment during consciousness. It may be that, given random signals from the pons during REM sleep, the cortex tries to interpret these signals as well, creating a "story" out of fragmented brain activity.

Well…on the last night of vacation, my cortex decided to create a humdinger of story…

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I am in a fancy office. It looks like the photos I have seen of the Oval Office in the White House. Richard Nixon is telling me that George W. Bush has decided to run for a third term against Barack Obama. (Of course, this is completely unconstitutional—but it’s a dream!)

Dick has decided that I should be Dubya’s running mate.

Even in the dream, I am flabbergasted. My first words are “But he’s ANTI-CHOICE! How could that possibly work?!?!?!?”

Dick is insistent. My jaw is on the floor, but I pick it up and tell him, “We don’t agree on anything!”

Dick sees that as a positive, rather than a negative. Apparently he believes that if Dubya and I run together, the nation will see that completely divergent views do not keep people from working together.

I continue to remonstrate with him. There is simply No.Freaking.Way. that Dubya and I can run as a team.

And then I look out into an adjacent room, and I see Barack Obama getting ready to announce his new running mate. Apparently Joe Biden has been kicked to the curb, because President Obama has asked an African American woman to be his Vice-President. She is standing in the wings with her husband and a teenaged son. I do not recognize her.

My thoughts are racing. “Great! Obama has chosen an African American woman, and so it will be the white man/white woman ticket against the black man/black woman ticket. And I don’t agree with Dubya about anything!”*

Then I wake up. And I am very, very grateful that it was only a dream…

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*IRL this is not quite true. I did agree with George W. Bush about one thing--the need for the PEPFAR program. I only wish he had been as interested in the HIV/AIDS epidemic in this country...

16 comments:

Kirkepiscatoid said...

Still rolling from this, Doxy. Hmmm. If we go all Jungian here, and start with the premise that "everyone in the dream is you," well...there's a lot you haven't been telling us. LOL

Wormwood's Doxy said...

Yikes, Kirk!!! I am not up on my dream theory--that is a very scary thought....

8thdayplanner said...

LMAO - sorry.

...and still trying to decide which ticket I would vote for.

8thdayplanner said...

LMAO - sorry.

...and still trying to decide which ticket I would vote for.

Wormwood's Doxy said...

8thday--unless that woman was Angela Davis (or Wanda Sykes), I wouldn't vote for either one of us!

PJ DeGenaro said...

So your superego took the form of Richard Nixon, huh? Verrrrry interestingks!

In my experience, one dreams about the stuff one thinks about. When my brother was younger, he was always dreaming about Nixon. And sometimes even Ford. ;)

Wormwood's Doxy said...

So your superego took the form of Richard Nixon, huh?

This dream was even scarier than I thought....

But it sounds like your brother might have been even weirder than I am. ;-)

JCF said...

My first words are “But he’s ANTI-CHOICE!

I'm thrilled that Dream Doxy said this. Sometimes I think, we're NOT ALLOWED to be forthrightly/ unashamedly pro-choice anymore. At least in your dreams... :-/

Wormwood's Doxy said...

Sometimes I think, we're NOT ALLOWED to be forthrightly/ unashamedly pro-choice anymore. At least in your dreams...

I am "forthrightly/unashamedly pro-choice" EVERYWHERE--not just in my dreams.

I am appalled and terrified by the success of the unrelenting assault on women's reproductive freedom in this country. And I am appalled by the fact that our "pro-choice" President has said not a word about this, and actually used women's reproductive freedom as a bargaining chip to get the Affordable Care Act passed.

So honestly--on this issue and many others--voting for Obama is really no different than voting for Dubya. :-(

IT said...


So honestly--on this issue and many others--voting for Obama is really no different than voting for Dubya.


If you believe that, Doxy, say hello to President Perry.

I'm not thrilled with Obama either (Hey, I thought I was voting for a Democrat) but the thought of one of these tea party wingers is certainly enough to ensure I get out the vote.

Wormwood's Doxy said...

I not only believe it--I have objective evidence of it. Find one instance--ONE--where he has spoken out about women's reproductive freedom.

Did you notice the absence of that issue in his "Women's Equality Day" proclamation last week? He signed an Executive Order that gave added weight to the Hyde Amendment. Did you notice that he accepted--without a fuss--a proposal that will make women who access the health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act write a separate check for abortion coverage? (Watch how long it takes for insurers to drop that coverage altogether...)

And then there are his claims for executive powers even beyond the Bush Administration, to include assassinating American citizens without benefit of trial and getting records of your Internet activity without a court order.

If you are content with that sort of record, fine. But I won't let you--or anyone else--pin the responsibility for a Tea Party takeover of the White House on ME! If Obama loses the election, he will have no one to blame but himself. He has done nothing but pander to Republicans and take every opportunity to spit on the progressives who worked so hard to get him elected.

I wanted change I could believe in. I got the third term of George Bush. Fool me once....

IT said...

Once again, Doxy, we conflict on the pragmatic vs. idealistic.

Yes, the choice is between unsatisfactory, and insanely bad. If you don't choose unsatisfactory, you get the latter.

And then you can kiss ANY reproductive rights goodbye. Not to mention LGBT rights, in which I have a substantial interest. More hungry children, more homeless mothers. More wars. Wow, what a deal.

Back in the day, I"d have been happy with President Gore, but thanks in part to protest voters going for Nader, we got GWB. Yeah, that sure showed those Democrats!

So, yes, if Obama loses, I will blame every person who voted against him, or who didn't vote. Because if you don't vote for him, you are saying you are fine with Perry or the Rom-Bot. How does making it unimagineably worse for everyone make any sense at all?

Wormwood's Doxy said...

Once again, Doxy, we conflict on the pragmatic vs. idealistic.

No, IT. I gave you a list of very "pragmatic" things--actual policies and actions (or inactions)--and you didn't even address the issues I raised. Who's the one trading in ideology here?


So, yes, if Obama loses, I will blame every person who voted against him, or who didn't vote. Because if you don't vote for him, you are saying you are fine with Perry or the Rom-Bot.

Perfectly Logical Calculations, and Why They're Actually Not


How does making it unimagineably worse for everyone make any sense at all?

Why does continuing to vote for someone just because they have a D beside their name--no matter what they do--make any sense at all?

Dems keep moving the bar ever further to the right and they treat you as a vote-in-the-pocket because they believe you have nowhere else to go.

When you reward bad behavior, you get....more bad behavior! If you're content to vote for a president that even you have described as "unsatisfactory," knock yourself out, but don't expect me to go against my conscience. I've done that far too often, and now I see what voting for the lesser of two evils gets us...

Instead of being angry with me, I suggest you start lobbying the President and the Dems and holding them accountable--as the President has always said he wanted people to do. The President would not be in trouble with his progressive base if he had paid one iota of attention to us. It's his job to give us a reason to vote for him--and not just "I'm not as lousy as the other one."

it's margaret said...

Doxy --what a wonderful and curious dream!!! But --why in the world would you settle for VP m'dear?! Adjust your dream just a little, and you'll have my vote, madam president!

Wormwood's Doxy said...

You are too kind, Margaret.

I am many things, but a masochist is not one of them.... ;-)

IT said...

But Doxy you must admit that if you don't vote for the guy with the (D) after his name, under our system you will get the guy with the (R) after his name.

Your "punishment" of the Dems will be to give us all Repubs.

We do not have a coalition or multiple party system. We have a 2 party system. You can punish Obama. But the punishment will be felt not by him nearly as much as by you and me.

i find the excuse, "don't blame me, I voted for Nader (or Paul)" to be a lapse of responsibility. Sure, you feel great, you voted out the guy on your side who wasn't enough on your side. So we all got the guy who was worse. Great. And who does that help?

I am not happy with the lack of progressivism of Obama. But we got a health care plan better than McCain (if we can keep it). We got a repealof DADT (but Perry or Bachman will walk it back). We didn't get enough but we got something.

We live in a country where we are on the left, you further than I. THe majority will not vote for a progressive candidate. That's a fact. The majority will not vote your way. If you can compromise in the middle, you might get something. or you can be ideological, and get nothing.

Maybe you will feel pure and virtuous by seeing obama lose and Perry (or his ilk) come in. If only Obama had paid more attention! you may say. Don't blame me! Blame him!

That's cold comfort to me when it all gets worse.

That's what I mean by pragmatist by idealist.

Realistically, did the Nader voters give the election of 2000 to Bush? Maybe. And just htink what the last 10 years would have been like if they had voted for good-enough Gore rather than pure.

We've had this argument enough to know that we won't change each other's minds. I respect your views, though I disagree. And I like you very much. So I hope we can keep it up in that spirit.

:-)