Is the world on the verge of a dangerous new nuclear arms race? According to my knowledgeable guests on this month’s Other Voices TV program, the answer, sadly, is a resounding yes.
Not with a bang but a whimper.
That’s how T. S. Eliot completed his sentence This is the way the world ends… in his celebrated poem The Hollow Men. It could also be a finale to the sentence, This is how impeachment starts…
After 200+ days of beseeching House Democrats to begin impeachment proceedings — and, following the release of the Mueller report, screaming at them to get started — we suddenly found out on Friday that an “impeachment inquiry” has essentially begun. As with so many other things when it comes to the courts and Congress, it can all be very confusing.
I was going to write — and rant and rave — about #RacistPresident’s latest outrages, his “go back” tweets and, most especially, the Klan rally last night which he claimed was a “campaign rally.” This is all headed somewhere really awful, I’m afraid, and it will only get worse. There are still 474 days before the election.
But then I realized that today is Nelson Mandela Day, marking the great man’s birth 101 years ago. So I will use the occasion to offer an antidote to the miasma flowing from the White House, a collection of favorite Mandela quotes. This may be cheating, blog-writing-wise, but I think we could all use a little fresh air.
- It always seems impossible until it is done.
- The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
- As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest.
- A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don’t have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed.
- Only free men can negotiate. A prisoner cannot enter into contracts.
- Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening.
- Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished.
- Your playing small does not serve the world. Who are you not to be great?
- Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water, and salt for all.Happy Birthday, Madiba!
This past Saturday, the Peace and Justice Center sponsored a teach-in on the conflict with Iran. It was the first public program by the Center since I retired, and so it was the first program not presided over by me in 30 years. That felt a little odd. I kept feeling an urge to run up and grab the microphone.
The mythomaniac in the White House started his day, for some reason, tweeting about prescription drug prices.
I thoroughly enjoyed this conversation with David Sloss, professor of law at Santa Clara University School of Law. He really helped clarify some knotty legal issues and made clear that the Mueller report is a crime report.
“The next moment a hideous, grinding speech, as of some monstrous machine running without oil, burst from the big telescreen at the end of the room. It was a noise that set one’s teeth on edge and bristled the hair at the back of one’s neck. The Hate had started.”
An apt description, I think, of the re-election campaign kickoff event held last night in Orlando by The Corrupt One. Of course, the quote is from George Orwell’s 1984 and not the The New York Times, although the Times’ lede wasn’t bad: “President Trump delivered a fierce denunciation of the news media, the political establishment and what he called his radical opponents on Tuesday as he opened his re-election campaign in front of a huge crowd of raucous supporters by evoking the dark messaging and personal grievances that animated his 2016 victory.”