David Simon spent Election Night on an airplane flying across the country -- a U.S. he knows is changing.
A journalist and creator of such shows as The Wire and Treme, Simon long has dealt with socioeconomic and racial issues in his work. Upon President Obama's re-election, which was fueled by a growing minority vote, Simon, in an essay on his website, declared that the political future of America was shifting -- and further and further away from the current Republican Party.
Writes Simon: "This may be the last election in which anyone but a fool tries to play — on a national level, at least — the cards of racial exclusion, of immigrant fear, of the patronization of women and hegemony over their bodies, of self-righteous discrimination against homosexuals. Some in the Republican Party and among the teabagged fringe will continue to play such losing hands for some time to come; this shit worked well in its day and distracted many from addressing any of our essential national issues. But again, if they play that weak-ass game past this point, they are fools."
He continues the essay criticizing a Congress that, even with a new session that will include 20 women, is less than representative of the American population's demographics. But even that, he says, ultimately cannot stop change.
"Hard times are still to come for all of us. Rear guard actions will be fought at every political crossroad. But make no mistake: Change is a motherf---- when you run from it. And right now, the conservative movement in America is fleeing from dramatic change that is certain and immutable.
"A man of color is president for the second time, and this happened despite a struggling economic climate and a national spirit of general discontent," writes Simon. "He has been returned to office over the specific objections of the mass of white men. He has instead been re-elected by women, by people of color, by homosexuals, by people of varying religions or no religion whatsoever. Behold the New Jerusalem."
This type of essay is not new for Simon; in August, he blasted GOP candidate Mitt Romney for telling the press that he had never paid less than 13 percent taxes in the past decade.
"Am I supposed to congratulate this man?" asked Simon then. "Thank him for his good citizenship? Compliment him for being clever enough to arm himself with enough tax lawyers so that he could legally minimize his obligations?"
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