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January 14, 2014

World of Dissent

Roy Meachum

It’s easier to get into an argument more now than in all my years in my life. There are lots of wound-up springs, especially in politics.


Franklin D. Roosevelt was president when I was growing up; he led a resurgence of Democrats. That was the Depression. After 12 years of Republicans in the White House, the South held fast – so much that it was called “solid.” We experience this today, only it belongs to the GOP.


A Maryland friend of mine when I moved here was a registered conservative Democrat; I listened the other evening when he fiercely echoed Republican versions. Richard M. Nixon’s theory worked; the GOP president pointed out that modern northern Democrat had little in common with the people in the former Confederacy. The fear is of largely colored people; I mean Latinos and Asians, as well as Blacks. They speak other languages to set them apart.


Barack Obama resides in the White House, along with Hillary Clinton giving odds to move into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. There’s a new animated anti-Clinton drive to stop the former secretary of state. The drive seems to point toward Benghazi, as if her opponents really cared what happened in Libya. As I’ve said before, these are “parlous” times, unrelated to the past, as much as the length of this democracy.


Greeks and the Romans, as you know, had democracy, so did Germans and Italians and various people. We have studied history, in all, Americans did it best.


Writers and philosophers, particularly in the 19th century, have grave warnings. We’re still in danger of letting go access to the nation’s present-day mothers and fathers.


We are about to take a knee to an older tradition, subservience; men have forever been subjugated to other men.


Democracy is only a respite.


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