Ten Questions for Monday

by A. Jay Adler on August 30, 2010
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All right, move it along. The weekend is over. Get back to work.

1. Can you name an individual who has ever been more respected for his independence and integrity who proceeded to abandon both so completely as did John McCain from his presidential campaign through his just completed primary campaign in Arizona?

2. How many people who attended the Glenn Beck rally at the Lincoln Memorial over the weekend, including the speakers, know that Martin Luther King Jr. said the following, and would be his followers in pursuing it?

This will be the day when we shall bring into full realization the American dream — a dream yet unfulfilled. A dream of equality of opportunity, of privilege and property widely distributed; a dream of a land where men will not take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few, a dream of a land where men will not argue that the color of a man’s skin determined the context of his character; a dream of a nation where all our gifts and resources are held not for ourselves alone but as instruments of service for the rest of humanity; the dream of a country where every man will respect the dignity and worth of human personality — that is the dream….

Yes, before the victory is won, some will be misunderstood. Some will be called Reds and Communists merely because they believe in economic justice and the brotherhood of man. But we shall overcome.

I am convinced that we shall overcome because the arc of the universe is long but it bends toward justice.

3. If you had a degenerative physical or mental disease that destroys your body or your mind, would you suffer it until it killed you, or would you seek to end your own life at a time of your choosing?

4. Did you know that Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela has a per capita and total (they have roughly equal populations) murder rate about four times greater than that of Iraq? That 50% more people have been killed there since 2007 than in Mexico during its drug war? That Caracas has 200 homicides per 100,000 residents compared to 22.7 for Bogota and 14 or Sao Paolo?

5. If “less is more,” does it mean that “more is less,” in which case “less is less” (more or less)? Is there ever just enough? Would that be the “golden mean,” when to mean neither more nor less is golden? Just wondering.

6. Doesn’t every political side and party have big money people who finance their activities? In which case isn’t it about whether the BMP do it openly or secretly? And what, really it is, in the end, that the BMP support?

Five hundred people attended the summit, which served, in part, as a training session for Tea Party activists in Texas. An advertisement cast the event as a populist uprising against vested corporate power. “Today, the voices of average Americans are being drowned out by lobbyists and special interests,” it said. “But you can do something about it.” The pitch made no mention of its corporate funders. The White House has expressed frustration that such sponsors have largely eluded public notice. David Axelrod, Obama’s senior adviser, said, “What they don’t say is that, in part, this is a grassroots citizens’ movement brought to you by a bunch of oil billionaires.

And what, really, is it in the end you support – and does it mean – if you’re a BMP financing a “grassroots” movement of “ordinary people” who are organizing, they think, in spontaneous revolt against the rule of elites, unaware that it is moneyed elites bankrolling and training their non-leader leaders behind the scenes? What does it mean when the people’s uprising against conspiratorial powers is directed by conspiratorial powers?

7. Do you think a billionaire mayor who subverted the will of the citizens of his city, twice expressed at the ballot box, to establish term limits, by overturning the voters’ decision in cooperation with a self-interested city council, and promised the city could have term limits again after he got his third term – do you think such a mayor should be lecturing anyone on the meaning of democracy and liberty?

8. On the other hand, when said Mayor, Billionaire Bloomberg, offered that “A handful of people ought to be ashamed of themselves,” it was widely reported and headlined that Bloomberg said that “Ground Zero mosque opponents [not a “handful of people”] should be ‘ashamed’ of themselves.” What do you think of this kind of reporting?

9. Who says they don’t make ‘em like they used to? Clooney’s a mensch and Grant dropped acid in analysis. Maybe Hollywood won’t be the end of Western Civilization as we knew it under the Holy Roman Empire and the the Dum Diversas, the Romanus Pontifex and the Inter Caetera.

All right, I’ve got two computers down and I’m working off an old, sluggish 20 mph 14” screen Model T Compaq. I think that’s actually a lot more than ten questions, don’t you? (There – that’s ten.)



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