"The mills of the gods grind slowly, but they grind exceeding fine."*
A day or so ago I put up a post from John McCain and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I was not that comfortable with Ruth's energy and asked John for clarification. He confirmed, and, with Ruth's blessing, reconfigured the post.
John McCain: Yes, Annie, thought you’d never turn around and talk to me. Ruth was here with me and left an important message, but she has asked to be excused from the rest of our conversation to continue some important studies on her own behalf. I will do my best to fill in as we have much to share.
The pendulum, Annie, the pendulum. It swings with the pulse of the universe, and we have to deal. But what is different now is the light that is shining on it as it swings. Yes, they are attempting to shove the women of this country back into servitude, and yet that very action will inspire a fierce pushback from the other side.
It is not a coincidence that Stacey Abrams has on this day once again stood up and is giving the people of Georgia a chance to change their minds. It won’t be easy, but that girl ain’t made for easy. She is here to go the distance, here for the long haul, come hell or high water. She has seen plenty of both and she is not afraid.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Yes, John, oppression, oddly enough, is the fuel that pushes civilization forward, for it shines an intolerable light on evil. Though many in the current climate, myself included, would like to turn back the clock and win some battles we have lost, the outcome of the war is predetermined, because once a right has been recognized, conferred, vested, and enjoyed, holy hell will break out if you try to take it back.
I ask you to meet the setbacks that will inevitably assail us in the coming time with strong voices and resolute action. Recognize these events as the last gasp of patriarchal dominance that they are. Don’t misunderstand me, the opposition will be fierce. Nevertheless it will not hold because its premise is false.
Ann: I hate to say it, guys, but you both cut out when we needed you most. I don’t see anyone of stature, except maybe Liz Cheney in some weird way, coming forth to take your places and speak truth to power.
John: Well, don’t forget Stacey because she is part of that pendulum swing. Unfortunately, most of that lily livered lot calling itself the Republican Party are cowering in the corner, but you have to understand that it is not just their political power that has been threatened, but their lives, livelihoods, and those of their loved ones as well.
Make no mistake, mob mentality has taken hold of my erstwhile party, and they run anyone out on a rail who is stalwart enough to challenge their kingpin rule. I know you don’t think much of Merrick Garland - and sometimes I would like to shove some jumpin' powder down his gullet myself - but his tortoise like style may very well win the race when the evidence he has so painstakingly gathered is presented in death defying detail.
And, don't be deceived, in so doing he is defying those who would push him ever so slightly to the side, nothing too noticeable but just long enough so that nothing comes to light on his watch that cannot be covered up when their gang takes over again. He's got guts and he won't back down.
Ann: Are they going to come back into power?
John: Yeah, probably, but only in the short run. And this is when Garland will come to the fore because he will continue to move outside the political process.
Those of us on this side will continue to go down in the trenches with you as will the leaders of the future, those like Stacey Abrams who have shown their mettle. It will be a struggle. It will be a fight, but, like I always say, a good fight is a good thing.
So go get ‘em, cowboys, cowgirls, and ride those marauders off the range.
December 1, 2021
*...i.e., what goes around comes around - eventually. Sextus Empiricus, 3d century Greek philosopher and quoted or misquoted by many others.
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