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  •  It's hard to have to realize.. (5+ / 0-)

    how far "the mighty have fallen".

    It's becoming more palpable every day as if this country is closing in on its own for the "kill".

    This clip from "No Country for Old Men"/Tommy Lee Jones, speaks to the loss of what he thought he knew about life in this country. I think he speaks for many of us.

    "The first step towards madness is to think oneself wise." ~Fernando de Rojas

    by Annalize5 on Mon Oct 11, 2010 at 04:41:45 AM PDT

    •  Didn't love that speech personally... (4+ / 0-)
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      but your point still stands.

      It has gotten incredibly ugly here. Every time I see some historian flogging another book about George Washington, all I can think is "who cares? It all came to THIS."

      •  I know. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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        "The first step towards madness is to think oneself wise." ~Fernando de Rojas

        by Annalize5 on Mon Oct 11, 2010 at 04:53:34 AM PDT

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      •  On my first trip to Washington DC ... (0+ / 0-)

        ... I had a similarly depressed reaction.

        I was genuinely very moved -- (much more than I thought I would be, somewhat cynical person that I am) -- by all the history, buildings, architecture, monuments ...

        ... but more specifically, by the genuinely noble ideals underlying all of it.

        But I could also only think, "And it's come to this." --a moron dry-drunk in the White House, corporations running the Capital building, the administrative branch blatantly committing war crimes, torturing people and breaking laws, knowing there would be no consequences from the corporate-owned sheep in Congress ...

        I could only think, "How dare they taint this place!  How dare they sit in these buildings!"

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