Wednesday, February 08, 2017


I didn't need proof that things are very strange and more than a little scary, but I got it anyway.

A friend living in Iran - home of the Revolutionary Guard and institutionalized intolerance - asked me yesterday evening if my family is okay.

A friend living in northern France asked me last night if there was going to be a civil war in the United States.

To the first, the answer is yes.  We're comfortably well off, we're not in physical danger.  Emotionally, it's another story. To the second, I said that I didn't think so.

I found myself thinking about the Jews (and others) in the 1930s, who converted their assets into easily portable jewelry, just in case. And wondering if we should contemplate that.  This is not something that you want to find yourself thinking about, at any time, and even more so at two o'clock in the morning. Which is when I woke up, thinking about it.

It's fine and very Gandhi-ish to say that love trumps hate, and that we should fight intolerance with understanding and acceptance.  But what do you do when the person who should be leading that effort is in fact the primany supporter and instigator of the intolerance?

In a better world, the leaders of the society would politely ask that leader to step down, and in recognition of their moral force, he would do so.

In this one, that would not only not happen, but could not be conceived of happening.  Each of the leaders would instead be jockeying for power and influence.  Each sure -- or at least proclaiming - that they were doing it for the people.

Without much evidence of it.


Tabor said...

The Congress has been working quietly in the background outside the circus tent removing protection after protection of its voters.

Cerulean Bill said...

I am surprised to see how many other countries are also coming to the conclusion that their political leaders are in it for themselves, not for the people (or both; nothing wrong with that, I think). Fillon in France just saw his likely presidential bid blown to pieces when it was found -- by a newspapere, not the legal system - that he's been paying his wife large amounts of money to do nothing. Romania is so corrupt, they're looking into whether a solution is to decriminalize certain forms of corruption -- which may actually be a good answer, depending on what's being considereed 'corruption'. And then there is the recent behavior of OUR band of idiots, who silenced Warren for doing less than others, such as Cruz, have done. I've heard it said that her real offense was Speaking While Female.

The strong temptation is to say Save Us, Elizabeth! and then go back to sleep. That should not be allowed to happen. Yet the only people who are likely to perform that warning function quickly become harping cadflies, easily ignored.