Don’t listen to me. Listen to those crazy anarcho-stoner Libertarians over at Reason! (Nick Gillespie qualifies his “Worst. Decade. Ever” claim by calling it “the absolute worst decade at least since the 1990s.” Full disclosure: I knew Nick in the 1990s, and I’m taking that remark personally. Back at you, Nick!)
I think the best line in there was “anytime Dennis Kucinich is the voice of reason, you know you’re really screwed.” (Remember: this is coming from the Libertarians, folks!) As someone who–much to her amazement–spent most of this decade agreeing with Pat Buchanan (about Bush’s wars and the Bush presidency’s effects on the conservative movement) more than I disagreed with him (on just about everything else)–it has been a topsy-turvy helluva ride. (What can I say? Pat knows his Realpolitik.)
Dr. Mister and I spent a lot of the past decade saying to ourselves that we’d happily return to the 1990s–if we could take maybe one or two things with us from this decade. The 2000s were very, very good for us personally, professionally, and financially–but nationally and globally this decade has been pretty craptacular. Can we rewind to 1999, take a Y2K meltdown for a few months, and then get back to partying like it’s 1989?
On a more serious note: tonight, PBS is showing A Girl’s Life, a movie by Rachel Simmons about modern adolescent girlhood. Here’s a preview–I’ll watch it and will post a review tomorrow morning. If any of you can catch it (it will probably air on your PBS station at 9 p. Eastern and Pacific/8 p. Central and Mountain), come on back tomorrow and let me know what you think.