It only took 4 months from when this was written.
As we gaze out at the popular fervor in the streets, one question to ask ourselves is this: When will it come to America? In important ways, our own country has become like one of these distant, troubled places.
Tommorrow’s gonna suck.
I can tell because I’m still awake.
This made me feel better. I like this part in particular:
Each year of your twenties is worth three in regular time. The decade moves like dog years except that in the end you suddenly turn 30 as if you didn’t just age a single lifetime. Something happens between the ages of 20 and 25. This is your first go-round as an adult. Your brain shifts and closes and hardens like the soft spot on an infant’s skull. You try harder. You begin to stand up on those baby deer legs and learn how to carry yourself in challenging situations.
Still learning. Falling down a lot. Pretty sure I will survive. Probably won’t be the same afterwards.
(ht The Dish)
Just finished: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Finally finished reading it. I don’t think I have anything really insightful to say. I thought Dubliners was a better read. “The Dead” in particular was wonderful.
Under all these circumstances, do you really feel yourselves justified to break up this Government unless such a court decision as yours is, shall be at once submitted to as a conclusive and final rule of political action? But you will not abide the election of a Republican president! In that supposed event, you say, you will destroy the Union; and then, you say, the great crime of having destroyed it will be upon us! That is cool. A highwayman holds a pistol to my ear, and mutters through his teeth, “Stand and deliver, or I shall kill you, and then you will be a murderer!”
To be sure, what the robber demanded of me - my money - was my own; and I had a clear right to keep it; but it was no more my own than my vote is my own; and the threat of death to me, to extort my money, and the threat of destruction to the Union, to extort my vote, can scarcely be distinguished in principle.
I guess there’s nobody willing to take a stand for the people who will be hurt by all of this.
Instead of spending valuable Congressional time trying to help working class households deal with the effects of the recession, and deal with longer-run problems that are causing wages for those lucky enough to be employed to stagnate, etc., we are making things worse for them in a budget deal with no sense of shared sacrifice. What are the wealthy giving up in this deal? What did the GOP give up?
This is a terrible deal for Democrats, and a terrible precedent for future budget negotiations.