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January 31, 2013

Column: Outbreak of sanity in D.C. bears watching

The news lately has been disturbing. Sporadic outbreaks of sanity and common sense have been occurring across the country.

It may be the dawning of a new Age of Aquarius, a challenge to those of us who missed the last one because our moms put our bell-bottomed jeans in the wash.

Consider recent developments: Immigration reform has strong bipartisan support in Congress; the Boy Scouts of America is reconsidering its national policy banning gay scouts; women in the military are being officially allowed into combat; and the Tea Party’s idea of risking fiscal disaster by precipitating a government shutdown in order to avoid fiscal disaster has been the subject of political second thoughts.

Why, even the notion that assault weapons are essential to the preservation of the Constitution, as conceived by the Founding Fathers with their assault muskets, has led to a rare national exclamation of “huh?”

In rebuttal of those who ask “What part of ‘the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed’ don’t you understand?” the answer is increasingly “What part of ‘a well-regulated militia’ don’t you understand?”

As it is, the appearance of an ascending road to reason lit by thought and fair play takes a little getting used to. The fact that some of the newly enlightened lantern bearers are conservatives makes it even harder for a liberal like myself to understand. After all, theirs was a party whose candidates for president spent months falling over each other to appear more right-wing wacky than the next.

What a difference an election makes. This new era of reasonableness may not last, but just in case it does, and the snark and satire industry is hard-hit -- jeopardizing my job -- I have made taken this challenge and made it into an opportunity. I have founded a business, which I intend to run from home during periods of redundancy.

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