Quote of the Day postsThursday January 19, 2017
Quote of the Day
“The ideal citizen of a politically corrupt state, such as the one we now have, is a gullible dolt unable to tell truth from bullshit.”
-- Charles Simic, “Age of Ignorance,” New York Review of Books.
Tweet(s) of the Day
Reading Obamacare opponents as they explain their reason for their position is like listening to a 3 year old explain thunder.— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) January 13, 2017
I say “Tweet of the Day” but believe me, in these troubled times, there are a lot of good options out there.
ADDENDUM: Case in point...
Oppposition I’ve heard to ACA:— Casey Liss (@caseyliss) January 13, 2017
• it cost me money
• it’s not perfect
• I would have died without the coverage it guaranteed
What I wouldn't give for a large sock with horse manure in it
“It was only a couple of questions in the middle of a hearing, but the queries posed to FBI Director James Comey by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) during a Senate intelligence committee gathering on Tuesday afternoon had potentially explosive implications, for they suggested that Wyden believes the FBI has been sitting on information regarding ties between Donald Trump's inner circle and Russia. ...
”The most dramatic exchange came with Wyden's questions. He noted that several media outlets have reported that Trump campaign associates, including Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, had maintained connections with Russians tied to Putin. He asked Comey, 'Has the FBI investigated these reported relationships?' Comey answered, 'I would never comment on investigations...in an open forum.'“
Quote of the Year for 2017
Paul Krugman attempts to collect our still-scattered thoughts this morning in his piece, “The Tainted Election”:
[This election] was not, as far as we can tell, stolen in the sense that votes were counted wrong, and the result won't be overturned. But the result was nonetheless illegitimate in important ways; the victor was rejected by the public, and won the Electoral College only thanks to foreign intervention and grotesquely inappropriate, partisan behavior on the part of domestic law enforcement.
The question now is what to do with that horrifying knowledge in the months and years ahead.
I was having this conversation with a few folks at lunch yesterday, and overall our talk was full of anger, anxiety and, to me, way too much of the usual Democratic hand-wringing, while being way too short on answers or strategies. But it was just a lunch, after all, and none of us are policy wonks. We're all trying to figure out what to do with our horrifying knowledge in the face of those who don't care about knowledge, or facts.
This is key: feet to the fire:
Politics being what it is, moral backbones on Capitol Hill will be stiffened if there are clear signs that the public is outraged by what is happening. And there will be a chance to make that outrage felt directly in two years — not just in congressional elections, but in votes that will determine control of many state governments.
We need other pols to distance themselves from Trump, and that will only happen if it affects their bottom line—votes.
To me, this is even more key, and might be my quote of the year for 2017:
Personally, I’m still figuring out how to keep my anger simmering — letting it boil over won’t do any good, but it shouldn’t be allowed to cool. This election was an outrage, and we should never forget it.
He Ain't Wrong
“For a while I would check in with social media and I would interact with it. It was fun, for like a minute. And then it went horrible on me.”
-- singer/songwriter Mason Jennings in the Star-Tribune article, “Mason Jennings contemplates the future of his music career: The Minnesota musician struggles to make sense of social media and industry upheaval.”