If we can't hold together as a centrist society, we are doomed. Our senators, Schatz and Hirono, and Congressperson Hanabusa, all of whom backed Hillary Clinton, are the kind of legislators I admire: intelligent, hard working, unassuming and with good personal morals. Call me a square if you will, but I admire people like them over the flashier types of politicians. They represent the best of the middle class: the ones who hold things together while the flakes run around disrupting things and letting us, their audience, admire how audacious and free they are. I'm sick of showoffs! For so many years I admired these narcissists. And I am truly ashamed that I did. I was posing, trying to demonstrate how hip and with it I was,not owning up to being rather conservative in personal matters. I hate myself for this. It's not that I expect special prizes for doing my duty, just a modicum of respect.
Re-reading some of the things from my book collection has intensified these feelings. How could I have fallen for the simplistic arguments of (for instance), Jürgen Habermas, whose every word I once revered? In Vergangenheit als Zukunft, ( Past as Future), an extended interview just after the Wende (reunited Germany) and the Gulf War, he indulges himself in speculations about the future of the U. N. as peacekeepers in Iraq and other pie in the sky speculations, full of scruples and niceties as befits the fine thinkers. Most of what he says just seems like woolgathering to me now, and hopelessly German/provincial. And of course he does not criticize Israel. Leftists, especially German leftists, did not dare to do that!
It is hard enough to know what's going on in this world without being so misled by intellectuals we have been led to admire. It's easy enough to see what the Trump voters are about. They are just selfish and think they are the worthy ones who should have the government entitlements. I'm glad they are going to get what is coming to them, right along with the rest of us. Hope you enjoy your new war, peasants and rubes.
But what has been going on with the left? Sanders and Stein sure seem interested in money! They are refusing to show solidarity with the center because they are so stuck on themselves. I'm withholding my judgment on Warren, although she certainly is a grandstander. Honestly. I don't think I believe a single thing I believed even a year ago. If these people had whole heartedly backed Clinton, she would have won, and we would have been spared the horrors Trump is visiting upon us.
Terry and I had to call off a visit from friends today. He is still very tired, and I just had an infusion and am feeling somewhat odd. Our daughter Julia is coming tomorrow, thank god. We really need her help now.
Hang in there, everyone! We've got a rough ride ahead!