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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Hope kicks fear's ass

Back in August I was chastised by one of my favorite people, a 70+ year old man, for referring to myself as a cynic. Okay, then, so maybe I'm not technically a cynic. Call me a pessimist, been around the block, seen it all, show me the money. I've worked with and for the dream merchants, studied the stuff, teach it to eager young hucksters, that's how I pull my weight.

But maybe I'm not a cynic after all. Not enough to be sold a little moonshine, anyway. Because that's what last night's 'infomercial' was -- a brilliant, luminiscent, picture-perfect, tone-perfect piece of mass communication. (Click the link to see it if you haven't; read the comments as well.)

Help me, it was a piece of history. History, right in the making. I have never felt affected in this way by any public figure. (Musicians excepted, possibly, as I hear a familiar voice while I type... I don't know, it must have been the roses...) Things will probably get a lot worse before they get better. But last night, I felt as if they might. Things might get better.

I hope they don't kill him.


Blogger km said...

Um...that last sentence?

10/30/2008 9:35 PM  
Blogger MockTurtle said...

Yeah - what's with that last sentence? I thought you had made your way through the cobwebs of cynicism and stepped into the sunlight.

10/30/2008 11:10 PM  
Blogger MockTurtle said...

..and I love the guy and all, don't get me wrong, but I sometimes get a little wary of all the propoganda. It's almost too perfect - you know what I mean?
I hope he doesn't start drinking his own Kool Aid.

10/30/2008 11:28 PM  
Blogger km said...

I hope he doesn't start drinking his own Kool Aid.

We will need urine samples to confirm that.

Just saying.

10/30/2008 11:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

shit, i'm pessimistic and morbid about some of these things, and I admit that last thing has crossed my mind too!

10/31/2008 2:03 AM  
Blogger Space Bar said...

TR has been reading Indian astrologers. That's all there is to it.

*word verification: dedump* No, really.

10/31/2008 9:52 AM  
Blogger wildflower seed said...

That night, I was listening to the same voice singing a different, though I guess somewhat topical, song : come here Uncle John's Band, by the riverside, come with me or go alone, he's come to take his children home .... and it set me to wonder : how does such a gentle, beautiful song become a deep, heavy, thundering jam before dropping right into "walk me out in the morning dew"?

It does seem historic, though, doesnt it? The economic crisis has made it even more so. I am quietly optimistic that the ridiculously expensive War on Drugs will begin to finally be wound down, as Obama looks to address the crisis, which will clearly be priority number 1 for him as President. This will become a budgetary necessity, but (to your last sentence) it could also be one of the many policy imperatives that will come to endanger his life as POTUS.

11/01/2008 1:42 AM  
Blogger gaddeswarup said...

Yes TR "Things might get better". The video is very consistent with his two books.

11/02/2008 5:25 AM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

km, mt:
that easily?

i agree - it's perfect propaganda. but right now, as opposed to two months ago, i am prepared to be surprised.

you think he'd share?

have some more kool-aid. it helps.

what gave it away?

indeed. this is history in the making - every single day of it.

good to know - stability seems to be a hallmark of the man. i haven't read either book, but i do want to try the first one some time.

11/02/2008 5:36 AM  
Blogger ggop said...

Poor guy - he has so much muck to clean up if he wins. I really really wish nothing happens to him. That skinheads plot spooked me.

11/02/2008 1:46 PM  
Blogger Szerelem said...

Gosh darn it - I thought you'd always be cynical about Obama and not be affected by the hoopla no?

I hope they don't kill him - my sentiments exactly.

11/03/2008 1:08 PM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

indeed. but then - he asked for it (the cleaning-up, at least.)

i know - guess i'm getting old.

11/04/2008 1:17 AM  

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