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NEXT: ROBERT'S THOUGHTS ON A DARK DAY
Subj: Thoughts on the dark day
Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2001 9:40:33 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: Robert C.
The disconnect between what I was seeing and hearing on TV yesterday, and what the bloviators on TV tried to tell me I was seeing and hearing, started in earnest right after Zippy's speech, if one could call it that. What I heard was the shortest, least memorable, most platitude laden inaugural address that I have ever heard, read painfully slow by a man who was absolutely petrified of blowing it in front of Mommy and Daddy. What the bloviators heard was "effective" and "well crafted".
This morning, as I read the NY Times (the so called paper of record), the gap widened. The main editorial said, "The former Texas governor began his administration with the most eloquent speech of his public life. "Elsewhere in the paper they reported, "Mr. Bush turned to a loftiness of oratory...", and "His remarks today were sprinkled with elegant locutions, artful syntax and alliterative phrases" -- proof positive that I now reside full time in an alternate universe. If being able to string together the words "civility, courage, compassion and character" without stumbling passes for eloquence, then we really have entered a new age of lowered expectations.
(There was more heart and soul, wit and emotion, in Clinton's off the cuff words at Andrews Air Force base - damn, I'm gonna miss the Big Dog!)
TV's reporting of the protests was interesting also. If there weren't so many signs plainly visible to the cameras, I'm not sure that they would have ever mentioned it. At one point the commentator seemed almost apologetic in reporting the protest (to who, the corporate owners?) when she said, "But it's so big that we can't not report it!" Hats off to all who got to the front of the crowd with their signs -- lots of "Hail to the Thief", and a personal favorite "Al Was Screwed" -- bless you all!
It was good that so many protesters looked like regular, middle class, citizens (some with kids!) - harder to paint the protests as the work of some "far out fringe" groups. (Although one article mentioned that a lot of people were dressed all in black, and suggested that this was the traditional garb of "anarchists." Coulda fooled me, I thought that it was the traditional garb of ninjas! My attire yesterday was black shoes, black socks, black briefs, (my wife loves the black briefs - hubba-hubba!) black sweatpants, black tee-shirt, black sweatshirt, and a black jacket. So am I an anarchist or a ninja? I thought that I was just mourning the death of Democracy!) I loved it when they had to halt the motorcade so they could free up enough space to speed by a large group of protesters!
Well, the dark deed has been done. With Democracy temporarily out of commission, expect the assault on her relatives, Liberty, Freedom, and The Will of the People, to begin in earnest starting tomorrow. Now comes the hard part, to stay angry (although I think the aforementioned mentioned assaults on our American ideals will make that easy going for me- if not, I've got your New Year's Resolution posted next to my iMac to remind me), to stay committed, and to stay focused on our goals.
And, I suppose, that is truly the BIG QUESTION, what are our goals? I am looking forward to the coming discussions on this and other matters in the next weeks, and I hope to be a voice in this, at the BBBR.
Yours truly in resistance,
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