Archive for December, 2010

Progress Report #50

December 27, 2010

I finished my second pass through the Second Draft’s Chapter 23. Working title, “The Last Wave.” I start chapter 24 tomorrow. I think it’s going to be a relatively long one. It deals, in part, with my feeling that, as I head back out onto the street, I’m going under, I’m starting to drown.  Working title: “E” is for Education.

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I Didn’t Vote For This

December 21, 2010

A few days ago, Joe Biden called Julian Assange a “terrorist.” Regardless of what you think of Assange, “terrorist” is not the right word. In the 50s and 60s they would have called him a “communist.” It’s the very same syndrome at work. Biden was simply demonizing Assange. I didn’t vote for this kind of bullshit. It’s precisely what I was hoping we could move away from. Like a lot of people on the so-called Left, I’ve been increasingly disappointed with Obama and Company. I generally attribute the course they’ve taken to the influence of “The Empire,” of being in charge of the unholy entity that runs the world. But whatever the reason, they are losing me. Something still clings tenuously, but they are losing me.

Progress Report #49

December 16, 2010

I’ve finished the first pass through the second draft’s chapter 23, which has the working title of “The Last Wave.” It deals with a portion of the time that I was literally sleeping on the street. Ironically, it was a period of intense discipline—probably the most disciplined period of my life. Some of it was, at least. In this chapter, I do get a brief respite from homelessness, but it doesn’t last long. Tomorrow, I start work on the second pass.

My Representative in Government

December 11, 2010

I often read about the supposed kookiness of San Francisco liberals and the evils of Nancy Pelosi. Well, Nancy is my congressperson, and I have some complaints about her myself. Like all the rest of them, she clearly loves power, is accustomed to wielding it, and will compromise the truth to stay where she is. Lots of us do that. Politicians are not really a breed apart. They reflect the character of the people. How did we as a country ever get so far in debt? Good Lord, that’s what Americans do. In any case, I don’t feel any warmth or loyalty toward Nancy. There’s currently only one person in the Federal Government that  I can support with any enthusiasm, and that’s Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont). I consider it unfortunate that he’s not my senator. I’d trade Diane Feinstein (who, as mayor, ruined most of what’s good about San Francisco) for him in a heartbeat. Yesterday in the Senate, for more than eight hours he told the truth about the American economy, and in the mainstream media it was barely noticed. That should tell us where things are really at now in America. A politician, (a senator!), decides to tell the truth and it’s buried. In just a few years, most of what he said will be shown to be true. Watch.

Cynics and Idealists

December 9, 2010

I was reading the Wikipedia entry on Dinesh D’Souza, the Indian-American (that is to say, East Indian) “conservative” author and found this:

In Letters to a Young Conservative, written as an introduction to conservative ideas for youth, D’Souza argues that it is a blend of classical liberalism and ancient virtue, in particular, “the belief that there are moral standards in the universe and that living up to them is the best way to have a full and happy life.” He also argues against what he calls the modern liberal belief that “human nature is intrinsically good…”

Am I missing something? Or does he seem to be arguing that one of the universal moral standards we’re supposed to live up to is that human nature is intrinsically evil? How can an intrinsically evil being live up to a moral standard? Actually, I’m writing this because for many years I’ve been noticing that “conservatives” tend to see humans as fundamentally evil. Apparently, D’Souza comes right on out and says so. This idea comes down to us—in the West at least—from Augustine. He created the notion of original sin, which I find—technically speaking—heresy. Many, if not most, contemporary “conservatives” see the only legitimate role of government as the protection of their private property from other human beings who they assume cannot be trusted. Indeed! I also found this on Wikipedia about D’Souza:

In his book The End of Racism he asserted that the “American slave was treated like property, which is to say, pretty well.”

It seems to me that people with ideas and attitudes like this should be easy to discredit. It’s a strange time that they’re able to get away with saying this crap. Anybody who’s been reading this blog for very long knows that I have a problem with using the words “conservative” and “liberal” for describing the country’s differing political philosophies. While washing the dishes and thinking over what I’d read about D’Souza, I decided that it would be more accurate to say “cynic” and “idealist.”

Disillusionment

December 7, 2010

I’m going through a period where I can barely look at the news, and when I do I feel nothing but dismay. I feel that as a culture we’re heading for the abyss. Nobody hears anyone else. We’re all locked into our positions. I have always said to myself that I would be perfectly happy to see an open public debate about what is really true and then live by the results—so long as everything is looked at honestly, without compromise or coercion. But this nation is not willing to do that. Everybody has an axe to grind, a pet philosophy to protect regardless of truth. We had an incredibly tough warning two years ago, and what happened then has already been distorted and forgotten. This is what greed does to the mind. It makes you deaf and blind. And so we continue on our journey to disaster.

I’ll be back soon with something less dreary. I’m focused on the book right now.