If my senses did not deceive me, the air was cooler and fresher this morning when I emerged from our cabineta to begin the breakfast process. I notice that the overcast skies have cleared, finally, and there is a blue ceiling overhead relieved by fluffy white clouds. It seems that Puntarenas is going to show its pretty side while we enjoy our last few days in Costa Rica.
As we were travelling through the streets in taxis last week, I noticed a very large house marked de venta , or for sale. It is just around the corner from where we are staying, and thus just a couple of blocks from where my husband's family lives. The iron grill work at the front door is painted white, and the house is painted pink, and it looks very nice from the outside.
But I would not buy that house or one like it. In fact, it isn't a good idea to invest in Puntarenas real estate--for reasons that have nothing to do with the town itself or the residents. It is because someday this quaint, humble little town may well be underwater as the oceans rise and human beings do nothing to even try to ameliorate the situation.
Someday, to our unending horror, our grandchildren may have to watch New York, Miami and New Orleans disappear under feet of water, much like the temporary flood situation in Manila, in the Republic of the Philippines. By that time there will be nothing that can be done, because when we had the chance to reduce temperature-raising elements in the atmosphere, we did not do so.
And this is why Luddite Republicans simply have to be voted out of office. The idea of denying climate change because Rush Limbaugh claims that it is a conceit of liberal thought is appalling. Even more so is the fact that Republicans in office fall into line behind the climate-change-denying party line of Republicans who would rather will themselves to be stupid rather than cooperate with President Barack Obama, who cannot be allowed to succeed if they have anything to say about it.
The idea that a political party would actually throw America's future under the bus is unthinkable--except that it is happening. The idea that a black man is somehow disqualified from the Presidency and cannot be a legitimate American citizen is so offensive that no one, not even the opposition, has dared to say it out loud as far as I know. But I will say it: there was never any question about President Obama's citizenship, or his patriotism, or his religion. All those questions were generated by racist Republicans and answered in unvarnished lies by racist Republicans.
I will not dignify their non-questions by repeating them, but I will mention that a whole lot of Americans have been born in Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Canal Zone, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas. That includes my children, their father and his entire family, plus the indigenous population of Guam, who have the highest per-capita enlistment rate into the American armed forces of our entire nation. Many of my own relatives by my first marriage were among those who enlisted, and some of them died from causes related to the Viet Nam Conflict, such as my cousin Frank, who died from Agent Orange poisoning.
Republicans did not allow questions about the eligibility of their last presidential candidate, John McCain of Arizona, on the grounds that he was born in the Canal Zone. Some clueless Republicans are kicking around the candidacy of Senator Ted Cruz despite the fact that he was actually born in a foreign country and is not eligible under the Constitution to be a presidential candidate. This is the sickening depth of hypocrisy that Republicans have sunk to over racism: there must be something written, somewhere, that prohibits a black man from becoming President. Spit it out, Republicans--Barack Obama is disqualified because of race.
This frenzy of male-menopause hysteria among willfully-stupid old white men in the Republican Party and the Religious Right has rendered the party non-functional. Speaking in practical terms, there is no longer a real Republican Party. What we need to see next, before the election in 2014, is the cleavage of the Republicans into the Republican Party and the Conservative Party, or perhaps they will come right out and call it the Tea Party. The conservative Republicans can run Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, the actual Republicans can run another corporate shill along the lines of Mitt Romney, and the Democrats can and will have an actual process of candidates, nominations, debates and a decision in their convention--in contrast to "the fix is in" in both branches of the Republicans of the future.
But if the Democrats don't take care of business--if those of them who are bought and paid for by corporations can't see the writing on the wall--there could be a development that I, personally, would love to see: the emergence of a Labor Party in America that represents the interests of the Middle Class, which is the engine that runs our economy.
There will be no consumption to generate money into banks and businesses if Americans are broke and cannot buy. Minimum wages, sick leave, Obamacare and other money-saving and money-generating programs need to be protected, and if the Democrats won't do it, someone else has to or America as we know it will cease to exist.
Corporatocracies think that they will suck America dry of money and then move on to other countries like India and China, but they are grossly mistaken. India and China are behind the social curve, which means that labor movements are brewing there. Asia is a time bomb for corporations, and rich Americans will not get much sympathy from rich Middle Eastern companies who are past masters of exploitation.
Where does that leave us? Well, it leaves me with a decision not to buy a house in Puntarenas, just in case I might find it under water when it comes time for my heirs to take it over.