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Here are a couple of really good songs which both happen to share a title. The first is Ryan Adams covering a Taylor Swift song. The second is by an up-and-coming hard rock band called ForeverAtLast. Enjoy!
This pretty much sums up the Progressive mindset these days:
When all the shadows flee their markers
and your only fear is of standing still,
the tired roads relent: dust and parting.
The whole world becomes the only path . . .
Do not doubt yourself (as they do),
for that rope will slip around your defenses
but won’t catch you flying . . .
Charlie Pierce has articulated the ethos of Senator Elizabeth Warren in a most elegant and mirthful fashion:
She’s a nice lady who used to be the Cookie Mom for a Girl Scout troop. She also knows where all the bodies are buried and who hid the shovel.
If that’s not a recipe for success, what is?
I envy those who love,
Have contempt for those who love me.
. . . joy, aloof as the horizon.
Me my my me my.
Introversion empties into
Nowhere . . .
Your fox is not so clever as he looks:
He’ll only get as far as drowning in the brook,
And when you lose your vested schemes
In that harsh-light-of-day stream
You’ll wish you had even one buoyant belief.
To paraphrase Sigmund Freud:
A man loans his neighbor a kettle. When the neighbor returns it, the man notices that it is damaged. The man demands restitution. The neighbor replies: “The kettle is not damaged. And besides, it was damaged when I borrowed it. Furthermore, I never borrowed it in the first place.”
This is how denial works in the classic conception, scattershot and shamelessly contradictory. The point is not to make a rational case but rather to overwhelm anyone who would try to reason with you. This technique works as well as it does because false narratives are far easier to create than to debunk. Or to borrow a phrase from Mark Twain:
A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.