The State of the Union

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On CNN this morning, former president George W. Bush is informing the boobeoisie that Edward Snowden’s revelations have “damaged the country.” To inform people of the truth of what the state does is “damaging,” but the telling of lies for the purpose of conducting endless wars against endless enemies is what, “patriotic?” Just ask any of the nitwits who fly flags from their houses, and you’ll get the answer!

Watching the Hannah Arendt movie last night reminded me of one of the quotes that so represents her thinking: “The trouble with [Adolf] Eichmann was precisely that so many were like him, and that the many were neither perverted nor sadistic, that they were, and still are, terribly and terrifyingly normal. From the viewpoint of our legal institutions and of our moral standards of judgment, this normality was much more terrifying than all the atrocities put together.”

In watching George W’s babbling this morning, I was reminded of H.L. Mencken’s observation: “As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

Put Arendt’s and Mencken’s insights together, and you have the basis for an understanding of the plight of America!

8:58 am on July 1, 2013