Of politics and mother nature …

“Genuine politics – every politics worthy of the name – is simply a matter of serving those around us: serving the community and serving those who will come after us. Its deepest roots are moral because it is expressed through action, to and for the whole.”
-Vaclav Havel

Only two things today. (Well, three. Happy Birthday dad!)

Number 1.
Tuesday really happened.

“we are not going to have a supreme court that will overturn roe versus wade. there will be no more antonin scalias and samuel aleatos added to this court. we’re not going to repeal health reform. nobody is going to kill medicare and make old people in this generation or any other generation fight it out on the open market to try to get health insurance. we are not going to do that. we are not going to give a 20% tax cut to millionaires and billionaires and expect programs like food stamps and kid’s insurance to cover the cost of that tax cut. we’ll not make you clear it with your boss if you want to get birth control under the insurance plan that you’re on. we are not going to redefine rape. we are not going to amend the united states constitution to stop gay people from getting married. we are not going to double guantanamo. we are not eliminating the department of energy or the department of education or housing at the federal level. we are not going to spend $2 trillion on the military that the military does not want. we are not scaling back on student loans, because the country’s new plan is that you should borrow money from their parents. we are not vetoing the dream act. we are not self-deporting. we are not letting detroit go bankrupt. we are not starting a trade war with china on inauguration day in january. we are not going to have, as a president, a man who once led a mob of friends to run down a scared, gay kid, to hold him down and forcibly cut his hair off with a pair of scissors while that kid cried and screamed for help and there was no apology, not ever. we are not going to have a secretary of state, john bolton. we are not bringing dick cheney back. we are not going to have a foreign policy shop stocked with architects of the iraq war. we are not going to do it. we had the chance to do that if we wanted to do that, as a country. and we said no, last night, loudly.”

Oh, Rachel Maddow. Rachel Maddow, I get chills listening to you! This clip is wonderful, watch it in full here.

Number 2.
Hurricane Sandy. As Brian Williams notes at the top of this clip- the machinery of a civil society has stopped working. I keep thinking of Jose Saramago’s book Blindness and how close we are in this modern world to complete collapse. These increasingly intense and destructive natural disasters are highlighting the weakness in the infrastructure. The east coast is suffering and there are many organizations listed on the Cool Mom Picks website that are on the ground helping over there. And though I encourage you to find one of these agencies to support so that they can help in the immediate, I strongly urge you to also inform yourself about the ongoing structural and systems based work that is needed to meet the demands of our ‘new normal’ and find ways to get involved there as well.

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