Primary obligations

There's something about holiday breaks that pushes me into a pondering mood. Back when I was CEO of a company, the day before going on vacation was always emotional for me. It felt as though I was leaving forever and wanted people to know how much I appreciated them. Looking back, it seems so fatalistic. I think I was worried about dying. On that happy note, my thoughts today flow in those two familiar directions, gratitude and anxiety.

On the gratitude front, I have so many things to be thankful for, it's hard to know where to start. My ever-tolerant wife, my amazing daughter and son. Great clients. The joy of writing. And this place called BlueNC. So just in case I don't come back, let me say thank you for participating. I'm never quite sure what we're doing here, but it's mostly rewarding and always interesting.

On the anxiety front, politics is getting me down. Maybe it's just the crush of forty years of intense activism, but it seems deeper than that. It's like I'm losing my bearings. Over the past few years especially, the sand seems to be shifting wildly under my feet.

In the early days of BlueNC, I was admittedly a bomb-thrower. In response to the idiocy of the worst president ever and his right-wing enablers here in North Carolina, I pretty much went postal. More recently, I've struck a kinder, gentler tone, blunting my natural edge in search of common ground. It's hard to say whether that has been a good thing or not. The level of participation at BlueNC has declined somewhat. Might be the electoral cycle; might be something weirder.

I'm also anxious about the elections coming up in May and next November. I worry that Democrats aren't doing enough to change a culture of corruption in Washington and in Raleigh. I worry that Republicans have lost every shred of integrity and are now willing to lie without restraint about anything needed to promote their agenda. I worry that the people of North Carolina are increasingly gullible and ignorant, happy to believe whatever lies suit their petty self-interest. I worry that god is on the wrong side.

Two rare bright spots on the horizon are the excellent candidates we have in the race to unseat Richard Burr. Kenneth Lewis is a deeply thoughtful person with an inspiring vision about what's needed in Washington. Elaine Marshall is a much-admired veteran of North Carolina politics, with a solid record of winning. It will be interesting to discover how they differ in terms of policy and philosophy.

I don't know exactly how BlueNC will evolve in the long run, but in the short run, I'm committed to three things personally. Clean, fair and honest participation in next year's elections. Respectful and challenging conversations. And just the right amount of moral outrage when necessary.

As I tell my center-left friends every chance I get, "It's my job is to make you all seem reasonable in comparison."

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.


Speaking of primary

Why is it that North Carolina's spotlight on the national stage is so often colored with lunacy?

Re: your link

My sweetie just asked "Is he a real person?"

Good question.

It does seem like a parody.

Looks like Art Pope's work.


Ayn Rand

It really is best to not even try to ask rational questions when it comes to Rand. It is all circular logic. Take this self substantiating excrement:

Advocates of "diversity" claim that because the real world is diverse, the campus should reflect that fact. But why should a campus population "reflect" the general population (particularly the ethnic population)? No answer. In fact, the purpose of a university is to impart knowledge and develop reasoning, not to be a demographic mirror of society.

The idea that there could possibly be some knowledge gained from having different points of view represented completely escapes them. It is just a sad, sad philosophy that attempts to hold onto what once was by portraying it as what we all really want. They claim that recognizing diversity is racism not because they have a single care about racism, but because they recognize that as the majority culture (if not always in number at least in influence) it serves them best to try and have the other cultures remain silent and unseen.

I bet some of you who have read my thoughts on the WCPSS diversity program didn't see this one coming.

Good stuff

Thanks for the link!

Happy Thanksgiving.

On Thanksgiving

I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land - Jon Stewart

Thanksgiving Tradition

For those of us in the WNCW 88.7 listening area and available online, we gather around the radio to hear the annual rendition of Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant," in three-part harmony, with feeling. While we wait for it to come around on the guitar, the turkey gets injected, inspected, detected, infected, neglected and selected, and then we have a Thanksgiving dinner that couldn't be beat.



The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR

Yup -- best Thanksgiving song ever

No Thanksgiving is complete without Arlo.