What a stunning piece--thanks for sharing it. Four years... day of shame, indeed.
Blue Gal,We need to get a dose of humble running through our veins. We have been humbled and led astray.And as the scriptures say: the humbled will be exalted and the exalted will be humbled. This doesn't mean we ought to flagellate ourselves en masse---rather it means we ought to acknowledge that this attitude of superiority we have has proven to be our undoing. We have SO MUCH in this country and we take it for granted.
I would tend to disagree with Comrade Kevin on a philosophical level to a certain degree, I don't think that it has been my party's "attitude of superiority" that has gotten us into this mess, and if we were "led astray" it was because we were provided false evidence by the PNAC led White House. We don't need to "flagellate ourselves en masse," we need to hold the people that got us into this mess accountable, and make sure that it doesn't happen again.It is true that we do take a lot for granted in this country, though.The "humble will be exalted and the exalted will be humbled" quote mirrors the teachings of the I Ching (the Golden Mean), which is echoed by Lao Tsu, "The sage puts himself last and finds himself in the foremost place." In my eyes, these quotes really refer to a way of looking at things, understanding the relative importance of things. I don't think the original intent was to imply any actual reward, either physically or in the form status.And damnit, I was half way through the "Russert" link before I figure out it was a joke! Sheesh I'm a nitwit.
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