Sunday, June 11, 2023



Bill Clinton discussing a soliloquy in Shakespeare's McBeth said:

the danger of blind ambition, the fleeting nature of fame, the ultimate emptiness of power disconnected from higher purpose…

This is out of context but seems to describe Donald Trump and the resulting situation we find ourselves in today.


This is a volatile time, but in my eighty-plus years, I have seen many volatile times.

I was alive during the Second world war.  Men were away fighting.  Star flags were in people’s windows to denote the number of loved ones at war; gold stars meant a father, a son, or a daughter had died in action.   Women were working in defense plants and basic goods were rationed.  People were planting Victory Gardens.


I was six years old when the world defeated fascism and the war ended.


I was eleven when the Korean War started. It was a brutal war, but for some reason was quickly forgotten.


I lived in the segregated South during my teen years and had just joined the Navy when the violent desegregation of the South began.

We thought the world was going to catch fire during the race riots in California during the 1960s.


And then the Vietnam War.

The twin towers.

Iraq and Afghanistan.


 Now after eighty years fascism again rears its head, but this time it is here in the United States led by an ex-President.


To me, this is the most dangerous time since the Second World War.


During the Second World War Europe, and consequentially our nation, was in danger from a foreign power.   The war was ‘over there’, yet people here were willing to sacrifice to save democracies.


This is different.  Our very democracy here in the United States is now in danger from within, under threats of anarchy and civil war, seeded and fed by a dangerous demagogue.


Our future history will be decided over the next six years.


 the Ol'Buzzard


1 comment:

  1. The entire western world is in a battle for the soul of our democracies.


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