Because race is a debate that constantly bubbles under the surface in this great nation and because it will no doubt be studiously ignored as an issue during the Presidential Race, I thought that this link would be worth a look. Click on the pic.


Because race is a debate that constantly bubbles under the surface in this great nation and because it will no doubt be studiously ignored as an issue during the Presidential Race, I thought that this link would be worth a look. Click on the pic.


deadpresidents:

It is Richard Nixon’s birthday today, so keep your eyes open for a bunch of Nixon posts.  Some of them will be familiar, but there’s also a pretty big essay that is brand-new and was finished about two minutes ago.

Richard Nixon says, “Surf’s up, bitches.

  • This was taken after the first televised debate with Kennedy. I didn’t realise he was so nervous. (That first sentence is a lie. For comedy.)

deadpresidents:

It is Richard Nixon’s birthday today, so keep your eyes open for a bunch of Nixon posts.  Some of them will be familiar, but there’s also a pretty big essay that is brand-new and was finished about two minutes ago.

Richard Nixon says, “Surf’s up, bitches.

  • This was taken after the first televised debate with Kennedy. I didn’t realise he was so nervous. (That first sentence is a lie. For comedy.)

Lest we forget about the others because The Republicans are getting all of the press. Pity the poor Libertarian for he too needs attention. Click on him here. He is an Iron Man.


Lest we forget about the others because The Republicans are getting all of the press. Pity the poor Libertarian for he too needs attention. Click on him here. He is an Iron Man.

Let’s get ready to bumble…


A dismal pageant for of ne’er do wells. A cadre of suspects in an Agatha Christie Murder Mystery. A man who’s name is a noun for something unpleasant, the edgy version of Sarah Palin, a Mormon Billionaire, A talk show host, The Newt Gingrich twins, A libertarian and Tim Pawlenty. Let the gaming of America commence!

Let’s get ready to bumble…


A dismal pageant for of ne’er do wells. A cadre of suspects in an Agatha Christie Murder Mystery. A man who’s name is a noun for something unpleasant, the edgy version of Sarah Palin, a Mormon Billionaire, A talk show host, The Newt Gingrich twins, A libertarian and Tim Pawlenty. Let the gaming of America commence!

Culture of Illusion – Observations from the past…


As I happened to be reading Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville, this Sunday morning, I came across a passage that seems to contain some resonance as regards the approaching Circus. Here I share it with you now:

For a long while before the appointed time is at hand the election becomes the most important and the all-engrossing topic of discussion. The ardor of faction is redoubled; and all the artificial passions which the imagination can create in the bosom of a happy and peaceful land are agitated and brought to light. The President, on the other hand, is absorbed by the cares of self-defence. He no longer governs for the interest of the State, but for that of his re-election; he does homage to the majority, and instead of checking its passions, as his duty commands him to do, he frequently courts its worst caprices. As the election draws near, the activity of intrigue and the agitation of the populace increase; the citizens are divided into hostile camps, each of which assumes the name of its favorite candidate; the whole nation glows with feverish excitement; the election is the daily theme of the public papers, the subject of private conversation, the end of every thought and every action , the sole interest of the present. As soon as the choice is determined, this ardor is dispelled; and as a calmer season returns, the current of the State, which had nearly broken its banks, sinks to its usual level: but who can refrain from astonishment at the causes of the storm.

Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. etc. etc. etc.

Observations from the past…


As I happened to be reading Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville, this Sunday morning, I came across a passage that seems to contain some resonance as regards the approaching Circus. Here I share it with you now.

For a long while before the appointed time is at hand the election becomes the most important and the all-engrossing topic of discussion. The ardor of faction is redoubled; and all the artificial passions which the imagination can create in the bosom of a happy and peaceful land are agitated and brought to light. The President, on the other hand, is absorbed by the cares of self-defence. He no longer governs for the interest of the State, but for that of his re-election; he does homage to the majority, and instead of checking its passions, as his duty commands him to do, he frequently courts its worst caprices. As the election draws near, the activity of intrigue and the agitation of the populace increase; the citizens are divided into hostile camps, each of which assumes the name of its favorite candidate; the whole nation glows with feverish excitement; the election is the daily theme of the public papers, the subject of private conversation, the end of every thought and every action , the sole interest of the present. As soon as the choice is determined, this ardor is dispelled; and as a calmer season returns, the current of the State, which had nearly broken its banks, sinks to its usual level: but who can refrain from astonishment at the causes of the storm.

Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. etc. etc. etc.

Observations from the past…


As I happened to be reading Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville, this Sunday morning, I came across a passage that seems to contain some resonance as regards the approaching Circus. Here I share it with you now.

For a long while before the appointed time is at hand the election becomes the most important and the all-engrossing topic of discussion. The ardor of faction is redoubled; and all the artificial passions which the imagination can create in the bosom of a happy and peaceful land are agitated and brought to light. The President, on the other hand, is absorbed by the cares of self-defence. He no longer governs for the interest of the State, but for that of his re-election; he does homage to the majority, and instead of checking its passions, as his duty commands him to do, he frequently courts its worst caprices. As the election draws near, the activity of intrigue and the agitation of the populace increase; the citizens are divided into hostile camps, each of which assumes the name of its favorite candidate; the whole nation glows with feverish excitement; the election is the daily theme of the public papers, the subject of private conversation, the end of every thought and every action , the sole interest of the present. As soon as the choice is determined, this ardor is dispelled; and as a calmer season returns, the current of the State, which had nearly broken its banks, sinks to its usual level: but who can refrain from astonishment at the causes of the storm.

Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. etc. etc. etc.

2012 here we come…


Ignoring, for a moment, the fact that there is an entire year between now and then, let us prepare for the next President of the United States. Not only will we have that pantomime to come but there is the combined joy of Queen Elizabeth’s Anniversary, the Olympic Games in London, the end of the long form Mayan Calendar and the 200th Celebration of Charles Dickens birth. It’s going to be a party.

2012 here we come…


Ignoring, for a moment, the fact that there is an entire year between now and then, let us prepare for the next President of the United States. Not only will we have that pantomime to come but there is the combined joy of Queen Elizabeth’s Anniversary, the Olympic Games in London, the end of the long form Mayan Calendar and the 200th Celebration of Charles Dickens birth. It’s going to be a party.