While GM has opinions about politics, he never engages me in conversation about politics. He generally will avoid being brought into a conversation with me or anyone else that attempts to take him into this unsavory realm. And every once in a while GM and I entertain the idea of moving back to the States. Recently, in the context of that conversation, GM brought politics up. While there are things about returning to the States that he finds appealing (business transparency, dependable infrastructure and the respecting of road rules, to name a few) the other day was the first time he had mentioned the disturbing tenor of politics in the US as reason not to return. It really made me think. I have been disturbed for years by US politics, specifically the agenda of George W. Bush. I am somewhat immune to the very clear ignorant and hate filled fear that the “fringe” demonstrates everyday. But the fact that it had given GM pause for thought alarmed me. He thinks something has fundamentally shifted in our political culture. Its a violence, a radicalism, miltantism that and it’s not good and it’s not going to get better anytime soon. So maybe now is not a good time to go back. After reading the below, he might have a point. Although, I HAVE to believe, the truth will prevail.
A most frightening quantitative indication that there are a lot of people who are so afraid of a black man, facts don’t matter.
No, it’s not 1965, Even though this certainly sounds like it.
Nice visual from Sarah Palin..are those crosshairs?
And speaking of gun violence, did you know April 19 (15th anniversary of Timothy McVeigh killing 168 people) is the big 2nd Amendment March.
In good news, we have passed a Healthcare Reform Bill. Obama signed into law the Senate’s Bill. Every indication is that despite the GOP trying to obstruct the House’s reconciliation with antiquated procedural delays, Congress will take care of business. While it’s not the perfect bill it is the first step in the right direction. Here is some historical context. Got to love this LBJ quote, “Care for the sick. Serenity for the fearful”. He was someone who transformed himself as the world changed, too bad more people cannot be inspired by his example.
When I get really down..I look at this.
and this..which reminds me that we have only just started, and I am not giving up on my country yet.