Shortly after (literally(1) within one minute) I published this essay (here), a friend of this blog called and said that she liked the single paragraph in the “Notes” section so much that she demanded that I publish it in our “Pithy Passages…” series.
So, here’s the passage:
The Democrat Party never gets rid of its idiots. Like buboes, they sit and sit and sit, growing, festering, filling with political putrefaction, getting more and more inflated. Electoral humiliations never bother these carbuncles. The Democrat party requires a good electoral lancing, and the captive groups composing their “base” never deliver it. Hence you have what you have today in the Democrat Party: Pathetic, old ’60’s hippie throwbacks, their glory days 40 years in the past, leading dynamic, energetic, brainless, uneducated, mediagenic half-wits; the prissy oldsters trying less and less successfully to keep the spoiled, snot-nosed brats from running amok in the classroom.
Our friend liked the “buboes” part to describe the leadership of the Democrat Party(2). Here’s what Wikipedia says about buboes:
“Buboes are a symptom of bubonic plague, and occur as painful swellings in the thighs, neck, groin or armpits. They are caused by Yersinia pestis bacteria spreading from flea bites through the bloodstream to the lymph nodes, where the bacteria replicate, causing the nodes to swell. Plague buboes may turn black and necrotic, rotting away the surrounding tissue, or they may rupture, discharging large amounts of pus. Infection can spread from buboes around the body, resulting in other forms of the disease such as pneumonic plague.”
“Plague patients whose buboes swell to such a size that they burst tend to survive the disease. Before the discovery of antibiotics, doctors often drained buboes to save patients.
Buboes are also symptoms of other diseases, such as chancroid and lymphogranuloma venereum. In these conditions, a 2-week course of antibiotics is the recommended treatment, and incision and drainage or excision of the swollen lymph nodes is best avoided. However, aspiration may sometimes be performed to prevent buboes from rupturing. Although incision and drainage yields better results in such cases, since usually no further intervention is necessary whereas repeat aspirations may be required, incision and drainage wounds may heal more slowly, increasing the risk of secondary infection.”
Or, more succinctly:
The leadership of your American Democrat Party.
You’ll note that the the Democrat Party’s buboes are particularly resistant to bursting. These chancres hang around forever!
(1) The actual meaning of the word, not the Biden meaning.
(2) Our friend also liked the image of doddering, old Nancy Pelosi trying vainly to keep the classroom hooligans — AOC, the rest of “the Squad,” and others — from ransacking the place, but she really liked the buboes thing.