Sunday, November 11, 2012

No Commentary Required 11/11/12

Sometimes how you see the world depends on where you shine the light. There's plenty of ugliness to be found if you want to look for it. But there's also this...

Ezra Klein says we're living through a remarkable, historic period of change. I agree.
Step back and take an accounting of these last few years: The United States of America, a land where slaves were kept 150 years ago and bathrooms were segregated as recently as 50 years ago, elected and reelected our first black president. We passed and ratified a universal health-care system. We saw the first female Speaker of the House, the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice, and the first openly gay member of the Senate. We stopped a Great Depression, rewrote the nation’s financial regulations, and nearly defaulted on our debt for the first time in our history. Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, Maine, Maryland, Washington and the District of Columbia legalized gay marriage, and the president and the vice president both proclaimed their support. Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana. We killed the most dangerous terrorist in the world and managed two wars. We’ve seen inequality and debt skyrocket to some of the highest levels in American history. We passed a stimulus and
investment bill that will transform everything from medical records to education and began a drone campaign that will likely be seen as an epochal shift in the way the United States conducts war.

Americans of good faith disagree over the worth of these initiatives and the nature of these milestones. None of us know the verdict that history will render. But we can say with certainty that the pace of change has been breathlessly fast.
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I found this post by billmon incredibly moving and thought-proviking. If nothing else, I appreciate someone who breaks out of the pack and doesn't follow the wave of schadenfreude many of us on the left have been riding.
In the end, though, what really makes it hard for me to dine with gusto at the schadenfreude buffet is that the grieving faces on the other side of the partisan divide aren't those people, they're my people -- the middle-class neighbors of my Southern childhood, the kids I went to school with, my redneck uncles and cousins, my own mother and father.

The sagging chins and pot bellies, the crew cuts and blue hair, the bad make up and worse fashion sense -- these are all as familiar to me as the lines on my own face. I know these people too intimately, their pasts are too intertwined with mine, for me to look at them and see only the despised Other, even though I have no doubt that's how many, if not most, of them would look at me.

I also know that they have been lied to, with ferocious intensity and relentless dedication, by the conservative propaganda machine and its political masters. If we must have demons to hate, better to seek them among the con artists who have turned Rwandan-style hate speech into an industry profitable enough to rival the porn business.
He ends with this video tribute.



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Senator Lindsay Grahama is ready to deal on immigration and what Bill Kristol said today is a big f*cking deal!!!



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And finally...a day for honoring and remembering.





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5 comments:

  1. I am not a /southerner at all, but I felt the same way the first time I saw this video. Those folks wanted what they thought was best for the US too and if we want them to listen to what we have to say, we have to stop sticking out our tongues and wiggling our fingers in our ears. We have to extend a hand and keep trying to show that we are not the devils their leaders made us out to be. However, I do blame and do not feel sorry for Romney, Ryan, Rove, O'Reilly or any of the other 'leadership' - they have despicably lied to their supporters for years. This is their come-uppance. And as for Graham and Kristol turning on a dime, well I won't slap it away, but I won't trust it either.

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  2. NOTHING Bill Krystal says is EVER a big deal.

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    1. I want Republican obstruction to end. On that front - what Krystal said today is definitely a BFD.

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  3. Yes. What Bill Krystol had to say is a big F#@king deal. I am concerned that Republicans will not come to the table to deal honestly, but they need to. Not just for Obama, but for themselves. If they do not show they are capable of governing, it is very likely that in 2014, they will lose and lose big.

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    1. I'd love to be able to empathize with those who supported Romney and all of the Republicans who they supported for decades, but then again, ignorance is no excuse. They've been hustled and hoodwinked since Reagan ran his scam on them. Since then, their minds have been closed and their hearts stay filled with hate. Instead of extending the olive branch, I'd prefer to offer a high colonic.

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