Category Archives: RESIST

A plea

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a bleeding-heart liberal.  Who would be quite content to have a centrist government that legislates from consensus.  And a national executive who knows how to keep an even keel.  And find ways to protect the environment.  And engage in sensible defense spending.  And nominate centrist, not ideologue, justices to the bench at all levels.

So it’s sort of like my Episcopalian devoutness and inner Buddhist tendencies.  Two things live side by side, and I’m find a way to make it work.

While I post an occasional article about the devil in the White House and the Senate that has sold its soul, I don’t often write on this blog of my deep concerns for our national, and international, order.

But here it is:

The only way that something is going to change in this country is if enough normal people start telling their senators to stand up to the insanity.  I write Roy Blount (the only one of the two Missouri senators who might actually stop being craven) weekly.  Are others??

Witness:

God in heaven, move some hearts to move some fingers to write some senators and somehow end this madness?

Criticizing

Theodore Roosevelt said

The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.

— The Kansas City Star, 7 May 1918

A good cry

Well, I just had a good cry.

Within minutes of finishing my eggs and toast.

This New York Times article had me in tears. And screaming a few select words about the President and the culture that he himself is responsible for unleashing in this country.

Friends, we need change. To better angels. And to common sense.

https://nyti.ms/2D10wJt