To the Point

There comes a time in every epoch when pragmatism simply evolves into extreme acquiescence and surrender to the forces of apathy and do-nothingness, a guarantor of the status quo in all of its easy, democratic criminality--its fortress of greed. You could line up all the pols in the U.S. in a straight row and examine them head to toe and not find a single man or woman capable of admitting, never mind ending, the corruption of their vocation--Buddy Dooley

Thursday, April 4, 2013

James Reston on King, 1963

To recall and imagine that good old America was merely mulling the "Negro problem" over a century after Lincoln is mind-boggling.

Washington will be "impressed," Reston opined after the "I Have a Dream" speech.

The point after all was to impress the U.S. Congress, a sullen body of hacks (white) and posers (white) determined to protect not the rights of the citizenry, but their own.

Some things never change.  Well, perhaps they have...marginally.

America, I love thee...sweet land of liberty.


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