It occurs to me that all those teabaggers embracing the lunacy of Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh and marching on Washington with their signs declaring Obama to be a socialist/Nazi/foreign national/serial killer/liar or whatever--signs, in other words, bemoaning the fact that Obama isn't another white guy like all the rest of our presidents have been--need to sit down and read three or four science fiction novels, and watch a couple episodes of Star Trek.
What these folks don't understand, in other words, is that change is the only constant. They can't cling to the 1970s, the 1950s, or even the 1850s. Those who are calling for a new Civil War are really just wanting to re-fight the old Civil War (think it's a coincidence that Joe Wilson and Jim DeMint are from South Carolina? Think again.). The future scares them, and this is how they express that fear.
Sure, sometimes I'd like to outlaw text messaging and declare The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis the ultimate achievement in popular entertainment and leave things at that. But in the end, the future keeps on coming at us, every second we fight it it is one more second we're living in it, and there's nothing we can do about it, or should do about it. Except possibly accept and embrace it. The future is always here, and while we can remember the past, we can't keep living there.
The voters of the United States elected a mixed-race president. He's a Democrat. Get over it. Join us here in the future.
And I know, the Obama light saber pic doesn't exactly correspond, since Star Wars takes place in the distant past, and it's not terribly good sf. But I just ran across it, and it seemed appropriate...