We are an intensely political family, made more so by the
psychotic who currently resides in the White House. What is my current fear?
Of course, I fear war, famine, accident, disaster, but in the political sense
it is a retreat from objective reality.
The liberal mind says that there is a democracy of ideas,
and after a thorough, rational debate, the best ideas will win out, the truth
will triumph. That idea has been firmly put to bed. In this new age, no
jack-booted thugs (not yet at least) will break down our door for our political
beliefs. Rather our views, objective reality, any opposing view to Trump’s, will
be shouted down, drown out by individuals or bots with a different message.
These actors may, or may not, be in the service of a political party or
The liberal also believes in the right of the individual to
freely express opinions. But consider that on the internet there is no fact
checking – all views are equal, even if they are hateful and untrue.
The world Trump ushers in is one where the powerful create
the reality. The GOP is spending tens of millions of dollars to convince people
that the impeachment process is a fraud, that all who accuse the president of
wrongdoing are the actual culprits. Already at town hall meetings the incurious
are demanding that impeachment stop until there is a complete investigation of
The antidote is to say that all views are not valid. There
is a place where one needs to stand firm. Hateful people espousing supremacy
are not “fine people.” Asking a foreign government to investigate your
political rivals is criminal.
I get heartened by the Rachel Maddow Show, as she puts the
criminality and arrogance of Trump’s GOP into stark contrast. In the morning I
realize it is far from certain that those who read the documents or understand
foreign affairs will have the upper hand.
The kids are steadfast on their respective issues, having
already internalized this message -- endless equivalence of ideas is a recipe
for well-meaning liberals to be consumed by those who have no principles and
respect only power.
The impeachment process will be pivotal in the kids’ lives
as its conclusion will either be the day reason and the rule of law returned,
or the moment where extreme unction for America becomes lit in neon.
Snyder writes in his book On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth
Century, “To abandon facts is to abandon freedom. If nothing is true, then no
one can criticize power, because there is no basis upon which to do so. If
nothing is true, then all is spectacle.”
Colbert once joked, “reality has a well-known liberal bias.”
reason fails, the devil helps. —Fyodor Dostoevsky
I saw this array of cast iron heating up and knew the ordinary hamburger had no chance.
A burger seared, almost charred, yet still pink on the inside is perfection come to earth -- add a core of molten cheese and you've transcended the genre. There were sauteed onions and mushrooms to bring this to burgervana.
I appreciate the full-on assault with iron, blazing heat and lots of red meat. The oil in the pans is to provide a non-stick surface. Lots of smoke, oil splattering and happy diners.
I’ve given up feeling bad about not being more capable at doing
home repair. I’m still tempted to do simple things, but generally I’m willing
to pay the money to have a professional repair that lasts more than a weekend.
Case and point: My friend successfully replaced a toilet in
his home, only to sacrifice 72 hours over four days and watching so many
YouTube videos explaining the procedure he needed a new eyeglasses prescription.
Over the past few months our kitchen faucet became loose. I
understood that something needed to be tightened, but what exactly and how
The plumber arrived and had a space-age tool that did indeed
tighten a nut deep in the faucet assembly. I was thrilled because the repair
was less money than other options and I had nothing in the garage even close to
being able to reach this recessed nut.
The bonus came when the plumber, a lively young man, cracked
wise about enjoying a full range of specialized tools.
“Some plumbers can do everything with a screwdriver,” he
said. “I asked one such fellow how it was he was so dedicated to the pursuit of
excellence with just a simple tool.”
“He told me that it wasn’t so much the screwdriver, but
rather the time it took to wield it. `If you got two hours, I’ll dig your hole
with a screwdriver.’”
This underscores my friend’s toilet experience, with
unlimited time and dedication I’ll figure out a repair, but it certainly sucks
less to get some help.
I proclaim stoke for the blessing of being able to get a
plumber to repair the faucet – over and out!