Now Here We Are
“A world without the option of abating an ill-conceived life before it has begun is a world that dooms millions to Victor Frankenstein’s fate. What a pause-giving thought: that a girl not yet nineteen, who lived two centuries ago, has a finer moral compass than the Supreme Court of the world’s largest twenty-first-century democracy.”
—Maria Popova, The Maginalian
Now here we are
in the disturbed direction of the present
where untruthful tongues sway
and inculcate to overtake
in slippery steps of hateful rhetoric
organized to remake, remove,
We are amuck in muck–
and we have not reached the end.
Grandmothers who fought fascists,
with silver-haired grief vow to fight again
because–not to be overly dramatic—
but many will die. Their greed’s insatiable,
their pockets are deep,
even if their logic is faulty and incomplete.
(Please may I have a pardon?)
And will our democratic paper
prove strong enough
to cover and crumble their despotic rocks?
Jane’s generated Random Words (another Oracle) once again forced me to write about current events. The January 6 Committee hearings will resume sometime in July. Meanwhile, the reactionary majority of our Supreme Court is sending us backwards in time. If only we had the votes to impeach this unqualified, lying, possibly criminal group who have made the Court a joke.
I got much the same though it worked through the word ‘destruction’ next to ‘crib’.
Can’t the president just appoint a whole load more judges? It seems totally wacky to me that you have a ‘supreme’ court of unelected, unqualified friends of a discredited president. Who are these people? What’s ‘supreme’ about them?
They are not supreme, and this court is only supreme in name. Mitch McConnell forced in the probable rapist and a zealot after not allowing Obama to fill a seat. Awful, awful people! The Constitution doesn’t name a number for the Court, so technically it can be expanded, but that would have to be approved by Congress, and that’s not likely to happen. Similarly, justices can be impeached, but that also probably won’t happen. We need to keep and expand the Democratic majority and end the filibuster.
Our government is built on a system of checks and balances, but the founders presumed those participating would be honorable and put duty and loyalty before self-interest.
Yes, that notion of relying on honour and duty probably needs an overhaul. Same everywhere. We’re probably due for one very soon. There have been five ‘Républiques’ since de Gaulle and there’s a call for number six.
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Great extracted from the random words. Thanks for sharing! xx Michael
Thank you Michael!
If America is heading backwards, where are we heading! Shocked by it, Merril.
There is no end to it. Yes, many will die. May they all get the karma they deserve (today if possible). (K)
I’m normally a peaceful, calm person, but I want to punch this gang of smug thugs with their flags, guns, and Bibles–and hate.
I have some pretty violent thoughts about them myself…
I feel the same way. I fear for our democracy, I truly do.
It’s getting scarier by the second.
It is. And the corruption train just keeps on rolling . . .
Yes–I’m wondering what will be revealed today in the just scheduled hearing. Meanwhile, Clarence Thomas certainly seems desperate to make sure he can’t be touched. . .
I watched a little of the hearing today, but I had to ask my husband to turn it off.
I understand, but I watched it all.
Thank you for putting words to this Merril!!
Well done 👏👏👏
Thank you very much, Cindy!
You’re most welcome!! 💖💖
I must say, the whole situation reminds me of when Moira turns to Offred in The Handmaid’s Tale and says ‘it’s you and me up against the wall, baby.’ Such a curtailment of women’s rights in a supposed democracy should give us all cause for concern.
Thank you, Ingrid. I don’t remember that particular part of the book, since I read it when it first came out. It gave me nightmares then–and now things are so much worse!
I fear those curtailments are merely the start.
I read the link you supplied before reading your poem. Thank you for that.
And your poem is perfectly penned.
“The disturbed direction of the present” is spot on. We most surely are “amuck in muck.”
Thank you very much, Ken. We certainly are–worse than we thought.
Powerful poem and words, if only we could be gracious and honest
Yes, if only. It will take some work.