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"We have decided once again to be mean to each other in our politics. We have decided to begrudge every nickel that goes to benefit someone else. We have decided once again to be misers of the spirit." — Charles P. Pierce


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Feb. 3rd, 2012 03:19 am (UTC)
Where is Edward Murrow when you need him?
Feb. 3rd, 2012 03:28 am (UTC)
I could watch Good Night and Good Luck once a month and never tire of it. And man, Murrow saw all the self-imposed impotence of the media coming, didn't he?

Pierce goes over the top routinely, but his heart's in the right place.

Feb. 3rd, 2012 03:50 am (UTC)
And the meanness...

I wrote a post a couple of years ago about a woman I used to work with. When she was 17 she was pregnant and poor, and she knew a wealthy woman who asked her one day if she would like to earn some money by helping out at a party - serving drinks, cleaning up, and so on. Margie said yes, sure. When Margie got to the woman's house, she had never seen such beautiful furnishings. Margie thought, I want some of this! And Margie eventually graduated high school, went to college, got a job that led to a better job, and has now retired with a comfortable pension.

You never hear I want some of this any more. Now you hear, I don't have that so nobody else should have it either. Nobody helped me so I'm not going to help them.

But overall, media and politics aside, I do believe the average person is still kind and helpful. Not unendingly generous, but still, most of us, I think, do not really want to see another person fall.

At least, that's what I want to believe.
Feb. 3rd, 2012 01:36 pm (UTC)
That is a wonderful anecdote about Margie.
Feb. 3rd, 2012 01:21 pm (UTC)
I don't know - I'm working on our income taxes. For the first time in 35 years, we will owe both federal and state rather than getting a nice refund. That's a real blow to our budget, no doubt about it.

But our charitable giving nearly doubled from last year's number, and I can't imagine we're alone in feeling like we should be giving what we can, even though our own financial situation is tighter than it's been...

I think it's politicians and the media coverage of same that pit us against one another and poke us with sharp sticks to try and encourage uncharitable feelings and behaviors.
Feb. 3rd, 2012 01:35 pm (UTC)
The quotation takes on a different flavor in context:


I was going to include the link with the post, but Pierce is over the top a lot, and there's a reference to the chancellor of Germany that I found to be of dubious taste.
Feb. 3rd, 2012 01:49 pm (UTC)
misers of the spirit

That really says it all.
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