Monday, March 06, 2006


Sunday night I read this uncannily accurate description of our present circumstances (quoted below) while preparing the post for our bicentennial. Here's what Hegel - in 1806 - says to us today:
"The masses are the victims of the deception of a priesthood which, in its envious conceit, holds itself to be the sole possessor of insight and pursues its other selfish ends as well. At the same time it conspires with despotism which...stands above the bad insight of the multitude and the bad intentions of the priests, and yet unites both within itself. From the stupidity and confusion of the people brought about the the trickery of priestcraft, despotism, which despises both, draws for itself the advantage of undisturbed domination and the fulfilment of its desires and caprices, but is itself at the same time this same dullness of insight, the same superstition and error."
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, The Phenomenology of Spirit, p.330


Blogger Andy said...

The most depressing thoughts are the ones that occur to me about the millions of dollars wasted by the Republican party in the 1990s going after Clinton and his paltry scandals, like the few hundred thousand dollars he made in the questionable real estate deal in Arkansas and, who could forget? the infamous "Travelgate." Oooh, ahhh. The mind reels at Clinton's shameless audacity, no? And of course he dared to lie about extra-marital activities. All that time and effort and money wasted on an impeachment trial where, for partisan reasons, they never had the votes to succeed from the get-go.

Now we've got a President who freely and openly claims the Constitution doesn't apply to him and doesn't apply to anyone for whom he says it doesn't apply. If Democrats can get it together and take back the Senate this year, they need to impeach the guy. Of course, there is equal likelihood that Jake Gyllenhaal and I will be sharing a beach-front home in Malibu, but one can always dream.

9:51 AM  
Blogger chiron said...

I wonder if the Dems are biding their time for the appropriate moment, or complacent with the situation, or lacking leadership and direction, or what? I hope we a sea change in Congress this year, and I hope that this time next year, we'll see it happen.

2:00 PM  
Blogger Andy said...

The only way to effect a "sea change" in Congress is to lose the present Democratic leadership. I'm sure Harry Reid is a nice man, but the response to Frist's proposed revival of the gay marriage constitutional amendment is NOT "I don't think that's a priority right now" but rather, "Bring it on, bigot. I case you weren't paying attention the first time it went down in big, sparkly pink flames, I'd be happy to put it up for a vote again, where this time it's sure to lose even worse. Tool."

7:01 PM  
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1:25 PM  

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