Political analysts and commentators have expended a great deal of thought and time to explaining the causes behind the Republican Party’s victory in the House of Representatives in 2010.
This so called “miraculous turnaround” is presented as a backlash against President Obama’s healthcare reform initiative –which, for the record, I wholeheartedly support – it is also presented as a rejection of Democratic failures to fix the recession (begun, I might add, by the policies of the Bush administration). But these analysts are wrong, my friends. Their ideas could not be farther from the truth.
The American people voted the way they did to express nostalgia for better times. Faced with the truth of an America that appears to have lost its ability to realize the “Can Do” spirit of the past Americans turned to the political party that reminded them of better times, happier times, and more prosperous times.
The America of 2010 is not the America of 2000, or the America of 1990, or even the America of 1980. No, my friends, Americans are nostalgic for the 1970s, for an age when American imperialism and economic global preeminence was supreme. America voted for Republicans because the people erroneously believed that Republicans best emulate the values and spirit of America’s greatest moment in history: that moment is the era of DISCO.
Republicans are viewed as the closest group to Disco. John Boehner’s hair alone contains enough brylcream to use on all of the original BeeGees with enough left over for Barry White and all the members of the Hue’s Corporation. And John Boehner’s tan – do I really have to explain that?
Disco evokes a simpler, less complicated age when intellectual angst was the name of a British band, and the ideological divide was an emerging disco group playing in Los Angeles clubs. There was a common sense of hope and a faith in the future, and this is reflected in Disco lyrics. I need only quote the great Gloria Gaynor’s anthem to disco: “I will survive, I will survive, I’ve got all my life to life and all my love to give, I will survive.”
This is a simple statement of simple and direct values – the same things Republicans profess to represent. President Obama must learn from the Republican house victory and recognize that Americans want to return to the days of disco. The Democratic Party must become the true Party of Disco and expose the Republicans as Muzak wrapped in Disco’s clothing.
I am not suggesting that the President install a crystal light ball in the Lincoln bedroom. But maybe a Presidential medal of freedom could be awarded to Gloria Gaynor. Perhaps a state dinner at the white house could feature the music of Donna Summer. The hope and optimism of Disco, as exemplified by its upward salute of raised hand and extended index finger could point the way to a resurgence of America.
When the President makes his state of the union speech in January 2011 I hope he reminds America that Disco is back, and back with a vengeance. He can make a fist with his right hand, extend his index finger, touch his shoulder, and quickly raise his arm to point towards the sky, which will be the direction of America’s recovery.
My friends, join me as I leave you with a disco salute. Place your right fist on your left shoulder, extend your index finger, and in a gesture like a graph of the resurging Dow Jones average, sweep it upwards toward the sky and say “I will survive.”