If you have "no place to go," come here!

Oh, Paul, Paul...


I’m not one to idolize the Founding Fathers. They were men like us, with no special pipeline to a higher wisdom. But they were good men — for all their flaws, for all the fact that many of them were slaveowners, they were far ahead of their age in their tolerance and their belief in human liberty. Washington, in particular, was a gift to his nation — a man who could all too easily have become a tyrant, but chose to found a system of freedom instead. And this system has endured, in part because it has the power to evolve and improve without losing its essence.

Nothing lasts forever, and there are times when I listen to the demagogues and fanatics, and fear that America as we know it is slipping away. But there is a basic decency to this nation. And in the end, I believe and hope, that decency will continue to prevail.

Surely "people like us"? At the absolute minimum? Before we get to cohort, class, and culture?

I agree on the hopefulness that undergirds the rest of the post, but hope needs to be grounded in respect for others, no?

NOTE Off point, totally, or on, but "like us" reminds me of a wonderful winter poem by Auden, "In Memory of W. B. Yeats," which includes the line "you were silly like us." Indeed. Who among "us" has not committed the same sort of gaffe....


Submitted by jm on

leads to a somewhat different conclusion:

People like us
(Who will answer the telephone)
People like us
(Growing as big as a house)
People like us
(Gonna make it because)

We don't want freedom
We don't want justice
We just want someone to love.
Someone to love.