Takoma Park Votes

Takoma Park. The very mention of the place brings guffaws. It is probably the most self-consciously serious joke in the nation.

Just as they saved us from ourselves during the Cold War by making their city a nuclear free zone and thereby keeping the Soviets at bay, now the city council there has voted to bring down the Bush-Cheney dictatorship.

Over the years, Takoma Park has declared itself a nuclear-free zone, established an immigrant sanctuary law and written a 5,000-word manual for its trash and award-winning recycling programs.

Last night, its City Council voted to call for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney.

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This is just another of the actions by Takoma Park that remind one of nothing so much as an earnest but not terribly bright ten-year-old glomming onto an idea and pursuing it for all they are worth. Heroic in a sad and pathetic kind of way.

Readers from Free State Politics, let your corporate masters know that I demand this award. I have just the place for this lovely tribute to the Takoma Park city mascot at home.

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