The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street
by rfahey22, Mon Aug 25, 2008 at 12:47:22 PM EDT
Recently I purchased the full series of the original Twilight Zone on DVD. One of the outstanding episodes is entitled, "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street," and is nominally about an invasion of Earth by extraterrestrials. Rather than conquer the earthlings outright, the aliens operate behind the scenes to cause slight disruptions in the lives of regular townsfolk - electricity turns on and off without explanation, cars start and stop running, etc. - until the townsfolk become paranoid with fear and allow their prejudices against one another to rise to the surface. In the end, the townsfolk blame each other for the strange occurrences and destroy themselves, without the aliens ever having to lift a finger against them. The obvious subtext of the show is that we are often our own worst enemies.
Allow me to suggest that that is exactly what is going on today, with the Republicans playing the role of the aliens and Democrats playing the role of the townsfolk. Clearly there are Republican forces on the ground in Denver, and on the blogs, who intend to sew dissension in our ranks. There are also those who still are nursing a grudge, from both camps, and who are using these obvious ploys to get in a few cheap shots against the other side. Still others are innocent bystanders in all of this but have been tarred by the insults of a few and thus have been drawn into a conflict that no one can win. All the while, McCain and the Republicans are laughing at us.
This constitutes my humble request that all of those currently involved in flame wars and who genuinely wish the best for the Democratic Party stop for a second and think about the bigger picture. Republicans are trying to tear down the party. The media is trying to tear down the party. Certain people here are trying to tear down the party. Don't let them. If you need to, take a break from blogging until the convention is over. Donate - your money, your time, your sweat. Talk to someone in a civil manner. Do something productive. Let the pros - the Clintons, Obama, Biden, Kennedy, etc. - handle the convention, that's what they get paid for. Give them the opportunity to set things right. Don't give McCain the Democratic bloodshed he craves.
Keep Maple Street free of monsters for a few more days.