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"Do not go gentle into that good night
Rage, Rage against the dying of the light."
--Dylan Thomas

Great, so now I'm tired and I'm full of rage. Merry Christmas. Tired of being warned before every family gathering to keep my politics to myself. Tired of trying to connect the dots between scandals - (Mariana Islands to Jack Abramoff to Michael Ledeen to Niger docs?) Tired of all my "radical" friends who have either sold out or moved even further onto the fringes of our society - subsisting as neo-luddite hippie anarchists. At least they are happy, but how can they be? Our country is in crisis! Well maybe because it's the holidays, a New Year is approaching, a time when all the world's problems are spackled with hope, draped in garland and forgotten for at least a moment in carols, wassail and merriment.

Truth is, these days only my family and friends bring me any joy. Politics after umpteen years has just been one heartache after another. Every time I see Barlett or Melman (I think they'd make a great couple) I'm convinced that the system is broken. America is broken. I just don't have the time or energy to help fix it over the holidays.

I'm going to spend the rest of the year away from this madness, away from this fetid cesspool that is national politics. Hopefully, Fitz will make our season merry. But what joy is there, really? Our president is an idiot! Yeah! Our leaders are corrupt! Yeah! There is an evil shadow government! Mainstream media shills for powerful interests! No joy in Mudville...

I want to see my kids' eyes filled with hope on Christmas eve. I want to see their faces filled with wonder on a snowy Christmas morning. I want my wife to kiss me and and wipe away her tears of joy as she opens her gift. I don't need W's nasally, quasi-preacher, flag waving hokum twanging in my ears or Cheney's frumpy, grumbly mumbo-jumbo bouncing around in my rapidly shrinking brain. Enough of this GOP nonsense, it is the most odious fascist regime in this country's history, and if half the population is okay with that, well it's their problem not mine, not this Christmas! (Rage, rage, rage)

(Cleansing breath)

I will pray for peace on earth, remembering those who fight and die in this illegal and immoral war and in all the conflicts around this world.
(I'll probably tell my uncle on Xmas Eve about the folks who heckled Ann Coulter off the stage this week.) But that's it. I'm going home for Christmas and I will be of good cheer. I know that better days are coming.
Keep fighting the good fight, Kossacks. Rage rage - keep that light burning bright.
Happy holidays to all... See you in '06 when we take our country back...
Oh, and -Treasons Greetings! (sorry, couldn't resist...)

Originally posted to smartinez on Thu Dec 08, 2005 at 07:02 AM PST.

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  •  and hear Dylan read (none)
    do not go gentle at www.poets.org. One of my favorite sites! Merry Christmas, Smartinez.
    •  It's such a selfish poem (none)
      When it's time to go, gentle has to be the best way to do it.

      My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right. Sen Carl Schurz

      by Bill Rehm on Thu Dec 08, 2005 at 07:27:43 AM PST

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      •  I always think of Dylan as a young (none)
        man writing this poem to his father. Not sure if it is true or not; in the link above, he sounds quite old. I agree that it can be seen as selfish, but most of our rituals surrounding death can be seen in that light also.
    •  I have a Mac (none)
      and Dylan Thomas was included in the spoken words section of I-Tunes -  thanks for the link, I'm going to check it out now. Good poetry sharpens the mind and cleanses the soul. Happy holidays to you, Oysterface.

      Richardson-Landrieu in 2008! Proven Leaders for the Common Good.

      by smartinez on Thu Dec 08, 2005 at 07:28:10 AM PST

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  •  Ahh, its so much easier when there is a (none)
    point.  This holiday "season" is so full of expectation.  Doesn't everyyone over the age of 10 remember the Christmas that they got really depressed because they realized that Christmas, secular Christmas, or Chanukah was never going to live up to their childish expectations.

    If all this season was to me, was a reason to drink too much eat too much buy presents I can't afford and watch "It's a wonderful life" for the 40th time, I think I would slit my wrists.  

    •  Christmas always lives up to my expectations (none)
      My mother's house full of family, my sister-in-law's the same, homecoming, making and eating Christmas dinner, catching up with everything, watching kids get ramped up on too much sugar and too much excitement.

      Secular Christmas is great.

      My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right. Sen Carl Schurz

      by Bill Rehm on Thu Dec 08, 2005 at 07:30:19 AM PST

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    •  For Tomorrow and Auld Lang Syne (none)
      These days with our little ones the real joy is in the giving, not just to them, but donations to the needy, gifts to others, stewardship of the planet. We want them to grow up believing in their hearts that it is better to give than to receive. Something they'll only learn by our example.

      I still cry when George Bailey finds Zuzu's petals. My dad used to cry in that scene too. I miss my dad, but when I watch that movie he comes back to life for me and in turn for my kids. That's part of Christmas too...

      Richardson-Landrieu in 2008! Proven Leaders for the Common Good.

      by smartinez on Thu Dec 08, 2005 at 07:49:55 AM PST

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  •  And so this is Christmas... (none)
    ...and what have you done?

    Another year over, and a new one just begun.

    (Rest well, John!)

    Be as close as possible to those who mean much to you, and do not lose vision or clarity.  

    Remember this, too: For all human history, we humans all looked to the strong hands of the great warriors, the gnarled limbs of the tireless providers, and the wizened faces of the old and wise.  In Christmas, we have the first ever incidence of people looking to the smallest,  the weakest, the most innocent and least capable of us all, a newborn infant.  For the first time, in that, we looked to the future.  That is a message worth taking from this too-soon-before enough coffee post, if anything is at all.

    If you vote Republican, you vote for corruption.

    by MN camera on Thu Dec 08, 2005 at 07:40:02 AM PST

    •  25 years ago...I remember it well (none)
      I went to see Clockwork Orange at the 8th Street Playhouse then walked up to the Dakota (W 79th, no?)
      Shock, candles, tears and Reagan on tap. All those years ago-

      So this is Christmas
      And what have you done
      Another year over
      And a new one just begun
      Ans so this is Christmas
      I hope you have fun
      The near and the dear one
      The old and the young

      A very merry Christmas
      And a happy New Year
      Let's hope it's a good one
      Without any fear
      And so this is Christmas
      For weak and for strong
      For rich and the poor ones
      The world is so wrong
      And so happy Christmas
      For black and for white
      For yellow and red ones
      Let's stop all the fight
      A very merry Christmas
      And a happy New Year
      Let's hope it's a good one
      Without any fear
      And so this is Christmas
      And what have we done
      Another year over
      And a new one just begun
      Ans so this is Christmas
      I hope you have fun
      The near and the dear one
      The old and the young
      A very merry Christmas
      And a happy New Year
      Let's hope it's a good one
      Without any fear
      War is over over
      If you want it
      War is over
      Now.

      Richardson-Landrieu in 2008! Proven Leaders for the Common Good.

      by smartinez on Thu Dec 08, 2005 at 07:57:24 AM PST

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