notes on government, sports and popular culture
....I spent some of July 4th holiday reading this
"There was a period in this country, from the 30's through the 70's, in which government caring seemed to ease away some of the muck. We think of it as the Great Society, and we recall people and politicians who voiced hope for it without irony. It's clearer now that the middle class — the great force that made Dickens's England more benevolent — is in retreat. We are getting back to them and us, in a country that has earned little but shame in its foreign affairs. We are not liked, we are not trusted, we are not respected — and all those shortcomings are eroding our domestic souls. Katrina, that gust of nature, was the rehearsal for the revelation that 'they' now have neither the means nor the intent of looking after us. We are on our own, and we may need to find our on Sinclairs...."
"James Carroll....sees the American half-century from the end of World War II to the fall of the Soviet Union not as a tale of hard-won triumph over an evil foe but as a nightmarish, paranoia-fueled sleepwalk from which we were darn lucky to have emerged in one piece."
Didn't let it ruin the party, though. I'm still cleaning up.