Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose
The popular media will have a field day with it. It sure looks like that's where we're headed.
It doesn't have to be this way. Tom Friedman's column yesterday says it's far different down under. Because voting is mandatory in New Zealand and there is much less religiosity, the political parties are moderate. The middle has its voice heard. Is the answer for us to move to Auckland?
I have this image in my head of the little boy who won't hold his mother's hand while crossing at the busy intersection. When the little boy grows up and has his own children, does he not hold their hands at the busy intersection because he remembers what it feels like to be a child?
With apologies to Neil Young, this verse sums up my attitude at present about our national politics:
It's gonna bring us down,The entire nation's burning,To a religious state we're turning,We'll wind up under ground.