Explosions, shootings, crashes, etc. Mars-Aries-Pluto stuff, just be careful on the road.

Thought for the day

Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor, in his Meditations:

“When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: the people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous and surly. They are like this because they can’t tell good from evil. But I have seen the beauty of good, and the ugliness of evil, and have recognized that the wrongdoer has a nature related to my own – not of the same blood and birth, but the same mind, and possessing a share of the divine. And so none of them can hurt me. No one can implicate me in ugliness. Nor can I feel angry at my relative, or hate him. We were born to work together like feet, hands and eyes, like the two rows of teeth, upper and lower. To obstruct each other is unnatural. To feel anger at someone, to turn your back on him: these are unnatural.”


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.

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