Mar 5, 2008

After 3 a.m.

And now the senator should respond something like this... "The danger this country faces is not the "inexperience" of the person who answers the hotline at 3 a.m. George Bush has proven you can have neither experience or intelligence and get through that call. The danger is from ignoring the calls that come in throughout the day — from people who have lost their houses, their jobs and their confidence. After all, we have the strongest army in the world; we don't need to fear other countries or other societies. They may attack us, they may wound us but they cannot destroy us, physically. But clearly we need to begin a new era, not based on fear and trepidation. That's the legacy of the Bush administration. That's the old enslavement. As a nation, as individuals, we face difficult times and we need our wits about us, but we also need to regain our spirit, our fearlessness, our humor as she would say, that quality that's always distinguished America and Americans."

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I saw everything in America but I did not see fearlessness. It is all about being conservative and rejecting new ideas. Sometimes I feel that it is worst than being locked in a room...

macnamband said...

If you didn't see fearlessness, then that's a good thing. I don't think Americans think of themselves as 'fearless.' However if you came away thinking 'it's all about being conservative and rejecting new ideas' then you didn't much of America. You missed the main attraction. America, even now, is still about new ideas. Barack Obama is just one example. Remember there are a million experiements going on every day, in classrooms and boardrooms and bedrooms and kitchens. I saw it best just last evening in Golden Gate Park, just over Hippie hill from the tennis courts. Every weekend day and most summer days there are perhaps 30 musicians who come to jam. They are the melting pot. Young and old and every color and every persuasion and every instrument. They literally are making music, if you know that expression... That's the seed that didn't get destroyed or lost. In fact, I would argue that just when you thought America was finished, eclipsed economically by China and ultimately India, run aground by financial greed, and lost in the quicksand of Iraq, just when it seemed the end, there was a plot twist. And along came a revival, a renaissance, a golden age. I honestly believe that's coming. Depression might be the match that gets it burning.

Anonymous said...

How can one make music if he fear a new beat? I know what you mean. America is amazing, but with fearful people... ( the golden bridge was amazing by the way)