The United States of Equality

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If you ask me, all this egalitarianism has arrived not a minute too soon; that whole racism thing was getting awfully annoying. Look what it did to Michael Richards. But things are different today. First, Clarence Thomas colorized the Supreme Court and now we have Barack Obama running for president. President George W. Bush's cabinet has included Colin Powell, Alberto Gonzalez, and Condi Rice. (Condi, of course, is both black and a woman. If we ever find out she's disabled or gay, it'd be a civil rights hat trick.) C'mon, even the judge's panel on American Idol is two-thirds black.

Jesse Jackson is applying for Social Security.

As for the women of these United States of Equality, I'd say Hillary's pretty much got it all covered...but let's not forget Katie Couric doing the whole news thing, Martha Stewart back and better than ever, and, of course, Nancy Pelosi is in the House (literally). Toss in Oprah, Madonna, J-Lo, Beyonce, and Rosie, and you'd have to admit feminism's work is just about done.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Gloria Steinem has left the building.

However, all this success is not without a dark side. It's left us with this conundrum: What's a self-respecting liberal now supposed to do with all her/his spare time?

Mickey Z. can be found on the Web at http://www.mickeyz.net.

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