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  •  if the kiss were tender and solemn, (23+ / 0-)

    i could possibly not object.
    but the future hides, until it is now, and then it is past.

    we have reverted:

    "Repression is the only lasting philosophy. The dark deference of fear and slavery, my friend," observed the Marquis, "will keep the dogs obedient to the whip, as long as this roof," looking up to it, "shuts out the sky."

    -- Marquis St. Evrémonde, A Tale of Two Cities

    TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes? -- Addington's Perpwalk.

    by greenbird on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 06:07:48 PM PDT

    •  Unless, my friend, (19+ / 0-)

      we look backward, maybe to the Progressive movement led by Teddy Roosevelt in 1906. He was supported by Kansas journalist, William Allen White, who wrote:

         And now they are dust, and all the visions they saw that day have dissolved. Their hopes, like shifting clouds, have blown away before the winds of circumstance. And I wonder if it did matter much. Or is there somewhere, in the stuff that holds humanity together, some force, some conservation of spiritual energy that saves the core of every noble hope and gathers all men's visions some day, some way into the reality of progress.

          from Griffith, S.F. (1990) The Autobiography of William White.

      As I poured a little bourbon on William Faulkner's grave, I thought he might have had a point or two:
      I decline to accept the end of man... I refuse to accept this. I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among the creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance
      "The past is never dead. It's not even past."
      The last, perhaps, is reflected vociferously in the GOP's ugly, hateful, racist Southern Strategy, which is about to fail them with the demographic changes now taking place in which privileged whites (including me) become the minority.

      Tonight, I need to hold out hope, and mine lies with the youth -- some I know and most I don't.

      We're going to have to work for it, to keep up the good fight, encourage one another, and perhaps even hold some mute hope.

      All the best to us all!

      "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

      by cotterperson on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 07:00:05 PM PDT

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      •  thank you, cotterperson. (8+ / 0-)

        my day was deliriously happy.
        and then it wasn't.
        i was invigorated as i haven't been for decades.
        then i wasn't.

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        You see, I want a lot.
        Perhapd I want everything:
        the darkness that comes with every infinite fall
        and the shivering blaze of every step up.

        So many live on and want nothing,
        and are raised yo the rank of prince
        by the slippery ease of their light judgements.

        But what you love to see are faces
        that do work and feel thirst.

        Tou love most of all those who need you
        as they need a crowbar or a hoe.

        You have not grown old, and it is not too late
        to dive into your increasing depths
        where life calmly gives out its own secret.

        -- Rainer Maria Rilke, The Book of Hours
        Translated by Robert Bly

        TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes? -- Addington's Perpwalk.

        by greenbird on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 01:37:04 AM PDT

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