Anita and I didn’t see eye-to-eye last Saturday morning.
We were talking initially about the George Zimmerman trial but our conversation roamed and meandered a bit and I found myself arguing that everything in this country (and world) has gotten worse. I mentioned climate change, police brutality and politics and said the differences with the latter are that 1) the influence of big money – exacerbated by a Supreme Court decision granting the same rights to corporations that people have – is stronger than ever, drowning out all other voices, and 2) although politics has always had a dirty, corrupt underbelly, nowadays the crooks don’t even try to be covert – improper relationships are no longer hidden and unscrupulous actions are either denied or justified – because they know nothing bad will happen if their machinations are revealed.
Wild Night in Texas as Abortion Filibuster Leads to Disputed Midnight Vote,” June 26, 2013) and the news that Texas Governor Rick Perry’s sister, a vice president at United Surgical Partners, stands to benefit personally from the new law. Politicians aren’t even trying to keep conflicts of interest and blatant misrepresentations out of the public eye anymore, I complained.
Tammany Hall, which I had to look up – but as we get older and the things to which we pay attention change, we notice them more. And because I was perturbed by the disappointing outcome of the Zimmerman trial, she said, I was probably just looking for reasons to be annoyed and despondent.
She might be right. But there’s no comfort in knowing that things have always been imperfect either. In fact, it’s even more depressing to realize that we’ve come so far and yet learned so little.
After our discussion I signed into Facebook to see what people were saying about the Zimmerman verdict. I soon became entangled in heated exchanges with members of the Stand Your Ground contingent. I was amazed at how quickly the “If You Don’t Like the Message, Attack the Messenger” credo was invoked. I was actually called a turd by a grown man for challenging his assertion that Zimmerman had a “duty” to defend himself from
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Sources: AddictingInfo.org, Yahoo News, The Atlantic Wire.