I remember when I used to perform this. What a lovely version of Neil Young’s song by Linda Ronstadt:

The silent majorities


The system is designed to prevent a tyranny of the majority, and that happens to be one of Mr. Madison’s best ideas. But the protections that he and the rest of them put into place were always meant to be defensive measures, not offensive weapons. But the genius at the heart of conservative obstructionism always has been the ability to convert those protections from the former to the latter, the way you can re-purpose a semi-automatic weapon to full auto on the workbench in your garage because…FREEEEEDOOOOOMMMMM!!!, and to do so with utter, shameless disregard for either the public good, or the public’s overwhelmingly expressed desires. A fire ladder is a good precaution, but not when the burglar uses it to climb in your upstairs window and steal the good silver.

You would think that, in a democratic republic, a party dedicated to frustrating the expressed will of a huge majority of the people would find itself in deep political peril. But there’s no indication that either the public, or the political elites, see this current state of affairs as anything beyond ordinary politics and business as usual. Who’s up? Who’s down? Will Joe Manchin have a tough re-election fight? When you divorce politics from policy as thoroughly as we have done in this country — whether this has occurred through a feckless courtier media, or through a political class insulated by the power of money, or by the steady, parallel drumbeats of empty centrism and government-as-the-problem, or by all of those combined — then you ask for exactly what we have today — a nation of paralyzed, impotent majorities, speaking a language that the political elites no longer choose to learn. We have majorities that can be safely ignored.

I don’t agree that people think this is business as usual. They just don’t have a clue what to do about it.

Dylan Ratigan

I have to say, this is cool. My local urban farm is hydroponic, too:

You won’t believe where former MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan has been.

Ratigan left MSNBC in the middle of last year, having spent eighteen years in New York City and “the chaos surrounding the hollow political debates permeating America’s media and politics,” as he put it on Wednesday in his first blog post since June. In the same post, Ratigan filled people in on his life since. He’s gone all in for high-yield hydroponic farming.

He learned about the topic from an Iraq war veteran and his wife, who were guests on Ratigan’s show last June and discussed, as Ratigan now puts it, “how they were bootstrapping their way to operate a high-yield hydroponic organic farm that uses 90% less water and produces three times as much food.” Ratigan decided to join their cause.

“Since I left MSNBC and last June, I first started working with these inspiring visionary veterans on the phone, and then in person to expand their dream and help turn it into a reality,” Ratigan wrote. “The process alone has restored meaning and purpose in my life, my health and spirit have taken on a renewed vitality and, because of my time with you, I have had the opportunity and privilege to literally put my money where my mouth is.”

Ratigan went on:

Last Fall, I moved from NYC to north San Diego County, just outside of the Camp Pendleton Marine Base, to work full-time with Colin and Karen Archipley at their hydroponic organic farm, “Archi’s Acres.” After realizing how impressive their ideas and effectiveness are, I decided to invest the money that I earned for writing Greedy Bastards (which when combined with a loan from Whole Foods) to build a 30,000 square foot “farm incubator” that can serve as the prototype for job-creating, water-saving, food-producing, veteran-led hydroponic organic greenhouses nationwide. We’ve even enlisted Major General Melvin Spiese and his wife Filomena to join us in support of our mission to make this program more diverse and robust enough to build it into a nationwide network.

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