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Where it all began

This is the first story I ever read by Charles P. Pierce. It was in Esquire magazine, in 1990, and its underlying theme about how we treat the least among us remains the same. I remember that it brought tears to my eyes when I read it 22 years ago, and it did the same thing this evening.

It is another reminder that our government is no longer "by the people, for the people." Government has been put out of our reach; it is simply (and scarily) "of the people," and the folks who pull the levers of power have no interest in any aspect of the lives of people like Marcus Stephens. And it could be one of any of us next time.

(A shame on our nation)

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tanadariel
Oct. 10th, 2012 12:55 am (UTC)
This just broke my heart.
patrick_vecchio
Oct. 10th, 2012 12:57 am (UTC)
I never forgot that story. Never. Some of the particulars, yeah—but never what happened to that little boy.
inkling7
Oct. 11th, 2012 03:17 am (UTC)
Ditto.

And if I recall correctly, Pat, Pierce is a writer you've recommended many times before. This was one heck of a piece.
patrick_vecchio
Oct. 12th, 2012 12:07 am (UTC)
Pierce is smart and funny. His politics tilt distinctly to the left, which is fine by me, but he's not averse to hammering on the president too. He's one of my writing heroes.
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