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Sunday, October 29, 2017

GOP: Nearing their Robespierre/“Wild in the Streets” moment?

Posted By on Sun, Oct 29, 2017 at 12:47 PM

In the intriguing 1968 film “Wild in the Streets,” which depicts a world gone mad after the voting age has been lowered, and the the old political dinosaurs have been moved out - well, along with lots of other folks - the man who began it all taunts some children after he kills their pet crawdad. One looks at up him and says, "We're gonna put everybody over ten out of business."

This is akin to the moment when the architect of the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror found himself under attack because he wasn’t pure enough for those whose bloodlust he had stirred up, and he ended up getting a shave from Madame Guillotine, and buried in a common grave along with others who were deemed to be enemies of the state.

So, how long before it happens within the GOP?

It can’t happen here, you cry out, unknowingly repeating the words of Sinclair Lewis, but in a world in which thousands of red-faced men and women (but mostly men) pounded their keyboards, creaming out the words as they typed them, “REPUBLICAN IN NAME ONLY!” and political and social litmus tests have become De rigueur for those demanding purity in the GOP, and the folks who scream the loudest and the angriest now make grown men and women shake in their political seats, well, how long before the likes of Donald Trump and Steve Bannon are rejected by the political hordes as not being Republican enough, not being conservative enough, not being American enough.

And even though our own Madame Guillotine may not lop off actual heads, the dangers it poses to the body politic will be deadly enough on its own merits.


Today’s Soundtrack

Listening to John Barry’s score to the film “Dances with Wolves” this morning. Great music.

But hey, in case you think you are only one who has ever noticed peculiar similarities between “Dances with the Wolves” and “F Troop.” well . . .


Now on YouTube - Dr. Joanie Connors: Surviving Trauma

A presentation given by Dr. Joanie Connors some years ago at the much missed Women’s Festival and Conference, which was held yearly at the UA.


Quote of the Day

My diaries were written primarily, I think, not to preserve the experience but to savor it, make it even more real, more visible and palpable, than in actual life. For in our family an experience was not finished, unless written down or shared with another. - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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