The Homeland


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Dorothea Lange Photo. Texas girl whose family traveled to 7 states.

What is the homeland? Apparently a place of feckless leadership that saves governors and their citizens from drowning in need after disasters; speciously a belief that Big Brother, the source of fear and loathing, should know more about a young couple’s pledge to kill than their own family; an imperfect place where the President is held responsible and blamed as incompetent for every individual complaint and bad dream Americans have while living in a free society in which Presidential efforts to attack a death threat with gun safety measures is roundly blocked by the very people who call Obama weak!

Is it weak not to go to war–again–halfway around the world, against a stateless enemy? Or is it weak to lie about threats to America while imposing a blind silence on what we all know: police have become executioners, white supremacy is on the raise, 9 Christians died in Charleston and only 2 GOP candidates campaigning in the region paid their respects.

For all the yelling, massive silence (like London’s blackouts) is imposed: on Christie theft of state pensions, his $2.7 billion budget shortfall; Huckabee’s class hatred for famous people and places to be sites for resettling refugees and donors to AIDS research. (Note: refugees have resettled without notice and the wealthy give to AIDS care.) Silence: on Cruz’s foreign policy beyond bluster-and-bomb (China, Europe, free trade), on education, jobs, infrastructure.

For all the noise, a lot was left unsaid.

Fear, Loathing and Republican Debaters – The New York Times http://nyti.ms/1T3CE6z

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One thought on “The Homeland

  1. Reminds me of a reading”“The difference between theism and nontheism is not whether one does or does not believe in God. It is an issue that applies to everyone, including both Buddhists and non-Buddhists. Theism is a deep-seated conviction that there’s some hand to hold: if we just do the right things, someone will appreciate us and take care of us. It means thinking there’s always going to be a babysitter available when we need one. We all are inclined to abdicate our responsibilities and delegate our authority to something outside ourselves. Nontheism is relaxing with the ambiguity and uncertainty of the present moment without reaching for anything to protect ourselves.”
    — Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

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