Rick Perlstein's Auto de Fay
If I could live again - I will travel light, If I could live again - I'll try to work bare feet at the beginning of spring till the end of autumn. Jorge Luis Borges, Instants
Robert Jeffress, pastor of the First Baptist Megachurch of Dallas Texas, commenting on the SCOTUS Marriage Equality decision.
Jeffress also stated that he is “not going to be silenced by the liberal left, Barack Obama or the United States Supreme Court.”Jeffress and his fellow Christian extremists who claim to have direct access to God's ear on all matters follow a brand of Christianity far removed from Christ's message of love and forgiveness. Jeffress believes that any recognition of equality for people other than heterosexual, white Baptists like himself is just another sign that the End Times are at hand. Behind his broad smile lies a soul poisoned by prejudice.
[P]opular powers must be placed as a guard, a control, a balance, to the powers of the monarch and the priest, in every government, or else it would soon become.... a great and detestable system of fraud, violence, and usurpation.John Adams, A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law
Citizenship is waning. There are the obvious, brutal signs of this: the police apparently have a free hand to kill and cage certain citizens, more or less as they see fit; the fiscal state is crippled by the ability and willingness of its wealthier subjects to refuse taxation; voters must now share political space with corporations, their new legal equivalents in significant elements of democratic life. In many places, especially poorer places like Greece and Detroit, unelected bureaucracies now explicitly overrule the will of electorates.Crooked Timber, To Carry the Past Around with You
That a superficial media whore like Trump is taken seriously in his bid for the presidency clearly shows the extent of amorality circulating through the political cesspool we know as Washington DC.
“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”