September 25, 2020
Drinking whisky tonight out back as our country slowly but forcefully burns towards a self inflicted cliff. A small decision to take a chance and let it fall into chaos. Listening to Bertolt Brecht and the SF Giants who are trying to make the playoffs.
Lotte Lenya, in “Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny”. “The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny”.
“Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny is a political-satirical opera composed by Kurt Weill to a German libretto by Bertolt Brecht. It was first performed on 9 March 1930 at the Neues Theater in Leipzig.”
“Some interpreters have viewed the play as a critique of American society. Others have perceived the play as a critique of the chaotic and immoral Weimar Republic, particularly Berlin of the 1920’s with its rampant prostitution, unstable government, political corruption, and economic crises.”
Lotte Lenya was Brecht’s wife and also Jenny in “The Threepenny Opera”. By 1933, when Weill and Brecht were forced to leave Germany by the Nazi seizure of power, the “The Threepenny Opera” had been translated into 18 languages and performed more than 10,000 times on European stages.
We have the small firewall of California we live in. We’ve been contemplating leaving the US in December, but now we’re thinking we should stay and fight. This country is just too big to be overwhelmed entirely by fascists. Right? We are hanging on by a thin thread. I have to take breaks from watching it play out. I remember back in the day when the government was just there, maybe they did some stupid shit, but there wasn’t this every day move towards an authoritarian oligarch with his sheep promised power they’ve never experienced in an institutional theocracy that strives to roll back every human and civil right won in the last 50 years. To Make America “Great Again”. To firmly install a minority rule apartheid state to protect a dwindling, non educated, superstitious, resentful minority.
Back then, four years ago, we had 200 + years of public servant Presidents who respected or were at least afraid of our power as a population in a Democratic Republic. Leaders who would react to shame or protest, who respected our form of government. This new garbage potentate wants to break that all and as a sociopath, only sees what he can get out of this system he was accidentally elected to run and connives how he can stay in power regardless of the damage he’s done with the will of our citizens be damned.
Fleeing is a symptom of benefit or privilege. Staying is an intentional willingness to fight for the concept of what America is supposed to be. Intellectuals fleeing.. a brain drain, the non complaint toadies gone.
I think we’ve seen this before in other places. Did your family get out before the borders were closed?
It’s real. With a click of a button the Government has all your posts on social media. Those who want to know can, and they can exert their “justice” upon you. What would it take for your comfort level to be affected enough for you to flee?
Daring to consider the Non Speak “Liberty and Justice for all” outside an Orwellian dystopian vocabulary where American fake “Christians” are martyrs, where Corporations are “people” where racism no longer exists and voting rights acts aren’t necessary, is well within our immediate future. Actually that’s now. We were so close to at least cementing a place where we could address an intellectualism and majority rule hopefulness that involved equality, science, social justice.
It wouldn’t have been perfect, but progressives would have at least held a toe hold. Now the inherent force of hatred, resentment, fear, greed and blind sadistic urge to beat back progress is solidly in control. It’ll take years to get back to square one if we can even remove this cancer on our country.
It’s Mourning in America.
Enjoy the whisky before our theocratic dictators ban all alcohol!
Let’s build stills Neon!
only for making hand sanitizer.. of course.
And not for supplies for the resistance! 😉
Cousin. You and my Cuzzie are treasure.
Love you both.
Better days ahead.