Sunday, February 19, 2017

A Liberal

I'm savoring a quote that's been kicking around for a while but I only came across lately, reputedly attributed to Robert Frost:

A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel.

I'm a liberal, but far from that kind of liberal.

Some liberals I know think we weren't kind enough, respectful enough to the white working class (its shattered remains), the rural population, whatever, whomever, wherever, and that's why we lost.

Let me suggest, on the other hand, that those who propose this are megalomaniacal enough to think it's all on us, that if we'd zigged instead of zagged Nov. 8 it would have been different.

Because aren't we, basically, when you get down to it, irresistible?

I don't think that way. I think they're out there, really, the ones who don't know their asses from holes in the ground, who chose not to make that kind of distinction, think it elitist, and are out to get those of us who can manage it.

The bad guys won. The Stupids stepped out (great children’s book, check it out.)

It's their world, at least for now. To fail to register that fact is to dodge it, is denialism, in other words, a kind of cowardice.

Along with the preening pretension that it all could have been different, if only we were as seductive as we can be.

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