As of June 17th, I am officially unemployed! Woohoo! So much to do in this transition time: fix up the apartment, soul-search, figure out what I "really want to do" with my life, read all those books piled up on my nightstand! Work on my writing!
I don't know if you could call me a liberal, but if I were, I would say that one cool perk of liberalism is that you get to be a sap. Reagan's funeral yesterday, I thought, was beautiful. I loved all the heads of state, (Gorbachev looked exactly the same) Thatcher's speech, George H.W. Bush's authenticity. Maybe because it brought me back to my childhood/adolescence.
The two coasts - in a way uniting our country: the formal Washington setting with the natural west coast setting. (I wonder if that was Nancy and Ronald's intention? Did they do all this out of vanity? Hard to believe - they must have done it for us). And son Ron, who clearly inherets some of the dearness, sweetness that his father had, yet stating his own words, critical of the current President, delivered with that "serenity to the core" which Pat Buchanan described RR as having.
More from Sy Hersh? This from War and Piece, a great blog I found through Chris Nolan's site. Both sites are by actual journalists (not air quote "journalists", actual fact-respecting journalists).
Seymour Hersh has seen all the Abu Ghraib torture photos, Brad DeLong reports, and he looks frightened. DeLong was conveying an email he received from Rick Pearlstein. Pearlstein had gone to see Hersh speak at the University of Chicago. "[Hersh] said he had seen all the Abu Ghraib pictures. He said, 'You haven't begun to see evil...' then trailed off. He said, 'horrible things done to children of women prisoners, as the cameras run.' He looked frightened." Worth reading observations of Hersh's other remarks.
Gipperporn made you a little uneasy? Asking why the eighties were so much better than you remembered? Was it teenage misery & hormones, causing you to miss out on eight great years? Alterman nails it:
They were celebrating a presidency based fundamentally on the proposition that being an American citizen is easy work, that self-government can function on automatic pilot, that telling people they are great is infinitely preferable to challenging them to BE great. As democratic government became wholly a spectator sport, Ronald Reagan, old Dutch the sportscaster, was its Babe Ruth.
Concentrated corporate power violates many principles of capitalism.
THANK you. Somebody needs to say this, it seems like such a no-brainer position for the Democrats to take this year. I wish the "stop Nader" movement would realize this and modify their message to "listen to Nader", and vote for Kerry. "Stop Nader" is a message of fear.