Didn’t have to be this deadly

According to recent studies, 1 in 500 people have died due to Covid. Astounding, heart breaking, and frightening! But we should also remember that it didn’t have to be this deadly, this devastating, and this crippling.

I’m obviously no expert, but for what it is worth my advice is to stay safe, get vaccinated if you aren’t, support and comply with mandates, and challenge stupidity and false notions of “freedom” that endanger the health and lives of our families, friends, and others.

One more thing: vote and get out the vote for Democrats in November of next year. Have a nice day!

Impervious to the pain of the world

Much will be written on the legacy of 9/11 in the next few days. And I will have more to say, but for now, I find it hard to tease anything good out of that infamous episode in our country’s history. The terrorist attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, as I see it, became, the raison d’etre – or the rallying cry – of right wing extremism, led by the Bush-Cheney White House, to turn it, even before the smoke and debris had settled on Lower Manhattan and Washington, into the justification to impose by military might and intimidation its reactionary, anti-democratic, racist, and class agenda on the country and world.

Obviously, it wasn’t successful, but the loss of life and treasure and the poisoning of politics and political discourse here and worldwide as a result of its political adventurism was and still is incalculable. And yet, it would be a delusion, and an exceedingly dangerous one at that, to think this reactionary, militarist, and racist juggernaut has learned a lesson or been chastened by the negative impact of its catastrophic policy here and elsewhere. Actually, why would we even entertain that thought for a second?

This political bloc, after all, is irredeemable, impervious to the pain of the world, drunk in its urge to dominate globally, and appreciably more – not less – dangerous than it was 20 years ago. And, as we know all too well, it came within a whisker of stealing the presidency and gaining control of Congress in the last election. What is more, it is – and we better be if we aren’t – laser like focused on the elections next year and then two years later.

Meet me at Mary’s place

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8PwFyouBDc

I got seven pictures of Buddha
The prophet’s on my tongue
Eleven angels of mercy
Sighing over that black hole in the sun
My heart’s dark but it’s rising
I’m pulling all the faith I can see
From that black hole on the horizon
I hear your voice calling me
[Pre-Chorus]
Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain, let it rain
Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain
[Chorus]
Meet me at Mary’s place, we’re going to have a party
Meet me at Mary’s place, we’re going to have a party
Tell me how do we get this thing started?
Meet me at Mary’s place
Meet me at Mary’s place
[Verse 2]
Familiar faces around me
Laughter fills the air
Your loving grace surrounds me
Everybody’s here
Furniture’s out on the front porch
Music’s up loud
I dream of you in my arms
I lose myself in the crowd
[Pre-Chorus]
Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain, let it rain
Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain
[Chorus]
Meet me at Mary’s place, we’re going to have a party
Meet me at Mary’s place, we’re going to have a party
Tell me, how do you live broken-hearted?
Meet me at Mary’s place
Meet me at Mary’s place
[Bridge]
Meet me at Mary’s place
Meet me at Mary’s place
[Verse 3]
I got a picture of you in my locket
I keep it close to my heart
This light shining in my breast
Leading me through the dark
Seven days, seven candles
In my window, light your way
Your favorite record’s on the turntable
I drop the needle and pray
Band’s counting out midnight
Floor’s rumbling loud
Singer’s calling up daylight
And waiting for that shout from the crowd
Waiting for that shout from the crowd[x5]
[Pre-Chorus]
Turn it up, turn it up, turn it up, turn it up
Turn it up, turn it up, turn it up
[Chorus]
Meet me at Mary’s place, we’re going to have a party
Meet me at Mary’s place, we’re going to have a party
Tell me how do we get this thing started?
Meet me at Mary’s place
Meet me at Mary’s place
Meet me at Mary’s place
Meet me at Mary’s place
Meet me at Mary’s place
Meet me at Mary’s place
Oh, meet me at Mary’s place
Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain, let it rain
Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8PwFyouBDc

Rallying cry of right wing extremism

Much will be written on the legacy of 9/11 in the next few days. And I will have more to say, but for now, I find it hard to tease anything good out of that infamous episode in our country’s history. The terrorist attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, as I see it, became, the raison d’etre – or the rallying cry of of right wing extremism – led by the Bush-Cheney White House – to turn it, even before the smoke and debris had settled on Lower Manhattan and Washington, into the justification to impose by force and intimidation its reactionary, anti-democratic, racist, and class agenda on the country and world – . Obviously, it wasn’t successful, but the loss of life and treasure and the poisoning of politics and political discourse here and worldwide as a result of its political adventurism was and still is incalculable.

And yet, it would be a delusion, and an exceedingly dangerous one at that, to think this reactionary, militarist, and racist juggernaut has learned a lesson or been chastened by the negative impact of of its catastrophic policy here and elsewhere. Actually, why would we even entertain that thought for a second?

This political bloc, after all, is irredeemable, impervious to the pain of the world, drunk in its urge to dominate globally, and appreciably more – not less – dangerous than it was 20 years ago. And, as we know all too well, it came within a whisker of stealing the presidency and gaining control of Congress in the last election. What is more, it is – and we better be if we aren’t – laser like focused on the elections next year and then two years later.

Approaching an existential moment

It feels like we are approaching an existential moment where the clash of two diametrically different political blocs, representing the grievances and hopes of tens of millions, will decide the fate of the country for years to come. On one side of this divide is a white nationalist, plutocratic authoritarian political juggernaut, perhaps not fascist, as we have come to think of it, but clearly sharing some of its features. And if allowed to regain its momentum and consolidate its power in the next year’s election and then again two years later, it will act as a ruthless vanguard ushering in an era of political and social retrogression, the likes of which we haven’t seen, let alone experienced on a national level.

On the other side is a political bloc of a diametrically different type, which, if it were able to appreciably increase its majorities in these same elections and win again the presidency, could accelerate the building of a society – not socialist – but notably different from the capitalist neoliberal regime that framed and shaped politics, economics, and culture for roughly 4 decades. More to the point, it could expand and deepen democracy, equality, and economic opportunity, celebrate decency and difference, and give sustained and accelerate momentum toward planetary sustainability and peaceful cooperation.

The stakes are high – indeed only the lead up to the Civil War and the War itself – offer a close approximation – and at the ballot box much will be decided.

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