In 1919 William Butler Yeats published one of the most beautifully disturbing and one of the most anthologized poems in my ken.  The opening lines of “The Second Coming” seem prophetic in their aptness for today.:

    Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.”

The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.

 “Surely some revelation is at hand;
    Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
    The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
    When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
    Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
    A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
    A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
    Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
    Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.

    The darkness drops again but now I know
    That twenty centuries of stony sleep
    Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
    And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
    Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?”

…A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun…

…And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches toward Bethlehem to be born?

The Beast 45 appears to have been imagined a century before it appeared.

Apparently written about WWI, the lines, unfortunately, seem timeless.

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Comment by Rodney Roe on October 5, 2017 at 6:42am

The solution?  None with our political system.  Other countries, like Britain have a short, defined, campaign period.  Parties run not people.  The party selects the Prime Minister.  In some campaign air time is equal and supported by the government.  How Rupert Murdoch would scream about those restrictions.

Comment by Rodney Roe on October 5, 2017 at 6:45am

Jonathan, what are you asking?

"Whilst" Rome burns.

"Really" I don't believe in a second coming for the same reason that I don't believe in a first.

Were those your questions?

Comment by Steel Breeze on October 5, 2017 at 6:56am

political campaigning should be banned from the boob tube.....debates are completely different when listened to without visual distractions....

Comment by Ron Powell on October 5, 2017 at 6:58am

Directed at my use of the archaic...

Comment by Ron Powell on October 5, 2017 at 7:04am

@steel; The people who heard the Nixon-Kennedy debate on the radio thought  that Nixon had won  hands down. 

People who saw the debate on TV said Kennedy was the winner by far.

http://oursalon.ning.com/profiles/blogs/the-presidential-optics-fro...

Comment by Rodney Roe on October 5, 2017 at 7:09am

I guess I thought you were just channeling the King's English.

Comment by Rodney Roe on October 5, 2017 at 7:12am

Steel Breeze, we certainly wouldn't have seen Trump looming behind Clinton during the debate.  I can't remember listening to a presidential debate, but I probably have.  My parents didn't get a television until after i had left home.  That may have been a gift.

Comment by Steel Breeze on October 5, 2017 at 7:18am

Rodney....they did you a favor....with radio u can get informed while still accomplishing things.....with tv ya sit on ur ass and stare....important decisions need to be decided based on substance,not distraction....just me,but then i'm a wee bit biased against that window to nowhere,lol.......

Comment by koshersalaami on October 5, 2017 at 7:32am

Terry,

How is it? They accepted those benefits as pre existing, plus they rightly see public schools as deteriorating. They don't connect that with Democrats, plus they don't get that privatizing the world screws them. 

Comment by koshersalaami on October 5, 2017 at 7:55am

I agree with most of what FM has to say. There is a ton of blame to go around. I have shared her frustration with Democrats for years. 

Part of it depends on straws, how you count them and what importance you place on which. Because the electoral college was close, which the general election wasn't, you can credit Trump's win with damned near anything because so many factors made more of a difference than the margin of victory, including even Comey and both him and the press neglecting to make clear that Hillary herself was not under continuing investigation, her staff was. 

The email scandal was a big deal but was not restricted to Hillary. And that is what makes its electoral validity questionable - holding Hillary alone culpable for an extremely common bipartisan phenomenon is not right. And the idea that using the wrong email server should be remotely as much of an issue as cooperating behind the scenes with one of the main two governments we're worried about reading those emails is unconscionable. 

By the way, I've been posting comments using the same method FM does. Including this one. 

And I agree Wholeheartedly with FM's last comment. Not talking to them is unbearably stupid. 

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