No politics tonight… Well, not directly. I’m thinking that I just want to let other people speak my thoughts for me, tell how I feel about the world at this moment. Through quotes, through lyrics that fit my mood.
Sounds good to me.
Fill the cracks in, with judicial granite
Because I don’t say it, don’t mean I ain’t
Next thing you know, they’ll take my thoughts away.
Megadeth: Holy Wars… The Punishment Due
Welcome to the New World Order
Families sleepin’ in their cars out in the Southwest
No job, no home, no peace, no rest, NO REST
Bruce Springsteen: The Ghost of Tom Joad
You cannot buy the Revolution. You cannot make the Revolution. You can only be the Revolution. It is in your spirit or it is nowhere.
Ursula LeGuin: The Dispossessed
Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and show the whole world that a Freeman, contending for liberty on his own ground, is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth.
George Washington: From General orders given in 1776
We the people have legitimate demands and we would like to tell the government what to do. Our freedom is not up for negotiation.
Wall Street’s Masters of the Universe realize, deep down, how morally indefensible their position is. They’re not John Galt; they’re not even Steve Jobs. They’re people who got rich by peddling complex financial schemes that, far from delivering clear benefits to the American people, helped push us into a crisis whose aftereffects continue to blight the lives of tens of millions of their fellow citizens.
Yet they have paid no price. Their institutions were bailed out by taxpayers, with few strings attached. They continue to benefit from explicit and implicit federal guarantees — basically, they’re still in a game of heads they win, tails taxpayers lose. And they benefit from tax loopholes that in many cases have people with multimillion-dollar incomes paying lower rates than middle-class families.
This special treatment can’t bear close scrutiny — and therefore, as they see it, there must be no close scrutiny. Anyone who points out the obvious, no matter how calmly and moderately, must be demonized and driven from the stage.
In the darkest hole, you’d be well advised
Not to plan my funeral before the body dies
Alice In Chains, Grind
To ask strength not to express itself as strength, not to be a will to dominate, a will to subjugate, a will to become master, a thirst for enemies and obstacles and triumphant celebrations, is just as absurd as to ask weakness to express itself as strength.
Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals
That’s it from here, America. G’night.