Push the start button or look under the lid

Suzie-Q and I had to buy a new clothes washer. We had the old one just over 10 years. When the repairman came to see if he could repair it or not, he talked about it like it was an antique. He said they do not make this kind anymore. Told him my mother had an antique. It sat on the back porch and had a wringer on top. These days everything is electronic and computerized he said. He finally called a seasoned repairman who worked back in parts shop. The old guy had to come back with him and show him the problem and conclude the cost of the repair was not worth it. So off we went to the appliance store.

They use words like all electronic, high efficiency, and energy saver to describe the new machines. Certainly somewhere along the line there is a government regulation or two involved. Whoever makes high efficiency washing machines must be in cahoots with whoever makes high efficiency toilets. Both insist they can get the job done with a cup of water. The toilet maker brags his can flush a bucket of golf balls, which would be just dandy if I needed to flush some golf balls.

So, they delivered the new machine and Suzie-Q took it for a test drive. On this new contraption, you cannot set the water level like small, medium or large. The computer does it for you. A concept neither of us fully comprehend. When you select the cycle of choice and press the start button water runs into the tub just like normal. A little light comes on that says “sensing.” The computer is “sensing” how much water it needs to wash the load. Adding insult to injury, when the water shuts off and it begins to wash the lid locks. Suzie-Q is not happy with that, because she is adamant that how much water is enough is up to her and not some unseen nerd who has never washed a load of laundry. And, if the lid locks she can’t raise it up and take the peek she is accustomed to taking. She finally surrendered to the tyranny of a computerized washing machine by pushing the start button and walking away – very un-Suzie-Q like. For the machine’s sake, she better like the smell of the laundry.

In Washington, we have the progressive party formerly known as the Democratic Party. On the other side we have the progressive party formerly known as the Republican Party. Both of them report to the donor class comprised of billionaires, corporations, big banks and their paid lobbyists who program them and then push their start buttons. Together, this makes up the Washington establishment. Looking under the lid stirs them up some, and these progressives not unlike communists will not easily relinquish their power and death grip on America.

Out here in working class America, the American class recently wished dead, people are waking up to the fact that this Washington establishment is a collection of people in it for themselves and their pay-masters. We have candidates who are despised by this cabal who have vowed to look under the lid exposing corruption and yanking out unnecessary parts. Whether or not that is just campaign rhetoric is always the gamble we take. But it seems to have raised the anxiety level of the establishment ruling class.

Sadly, the opposing candidates are being played by the establishment and do not seem able to get past their egos long enough to figure that out. The establishment plan is working just fine. It is keeping them at each other’s throats. It is pushing one to ensure that either does not arrive at the convention with a majority of delegates. If that happens, it will be Paul Ryan as the next progressive up. Another loser for America and he will probably run against Uncle Joe or Kerry the commie.

Unless the so-called outsiders (although establishment types are popping up on one team) can get over their case of cranial rectal inversion syndrome it is going to be just another push the start button election where Americans lose. The saddest part is that we will not be able to see if all the people who threatened to leave the country actually would.

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