When I Am Queen of Everything: I’m Moving To The West Wing

When I Am Queen of Everything: I’m Moving To The West Wing

Adrienne BoettingerThursday,25 February 2016

No, this isn’t my belated presidential campaign announcement. As a close observer of the U.S. political process, I’d rather wake up with my head sewn to the carpet than willingly subject myself to that nonsense. What I’m saying is that I’m over it. Done. Finito. Can’t take it no more. There is just too much terribleness for yours truly to bear and not enough hard liquor to help it go down.

This time, rather than agree with my mother that it’s apocalypse o’clock, I’ve decided on another course. It’s one so obvious I can’t believe I didn’t make this decision years ago. I’m gonna live in The West Wing. When I’m most disappointed with the state of politics in this country where do I turn? If I’m not ranting here at my happy home away from home, I turn to reruns of The West Wing. It has seen me through some tough times: the recent mess over replacing Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, debates, government shutdowns, the attempted canonization of Kim Davis, half-ass attempts at treaties, bipartisan rancor, and Congressional derailment of pretty much everything President Obama wanted to do. The list goes on and on.

Granted it’s not the most awesome place for chicks unless you are C.J. Cregg—who remains one of my fictional heroes—but it’s way better than what we got going on here in ‘Murica. Legions have aligned themselves with a bigoted asshat who gets more popular with each terrible thing he says, has the temper of a toddler, and hasn’t had to spend any of the money that makes the campaign world go round because the media gives him all his coverage for free. The people who we’ve already elected can sit on their brains and political wills because we pay no attention to them. The poor are getting poorer, the rich are getting richer, and we’ve become number one in terms of who can jail the most of their population (Suck it, China and Rwanda!). And then I just read about these goddam teenagers that shot a freaking puppy 18 times with a BB gun.

WHERE IN THE HELL AM I?

The only option is to retreat into my happy place which includes visions of the eloquent and inspirational Jed Bartlet, Leo McGarry working behind the scenes, and Glenn Close as Chief Justice making sure that 13-year-old girls don’t have to become mothers to children of the men who raped them because Texas passed some of the most terrible anti-abortion legislation in the land…ARGH! See I keep getting drawn back into the real world. It’s just not good for my emotional health or political well-being.

So when I’m Queen of Everything, the courageous actions of a stalwart few will win the day against the stagnant status quo of political inertia and bipartisan hate-fests. Those that govern us will choose more often than not to put our needs and priorities above their own. And dedicated and earnest people will work together for the common good, not because it looks good in a campaign ad but because of their dedication to public service.

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