Grits and Tamales

Life in the Deep South, by Gabriel Aguilera

Monthly Archives: January 2017

Lincoln on the Present Storm

“The bottom is out of the tub. What shall I do?”

“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present…As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.”

The stormy present is its own thing, Lincoln warned. A corollary to this is that analogies can comfort the mind by imposing order to our present case. They can also mislead and are no substitute for hard thinking, for consideration of the facts in front of us in the full light of logically consistent theory.

We must take into account that our new leadership is constituted by a narcissistic mad man surrounded by dangerous bootlicking and incompetent ideologues. He is, moreover, enabled by an unpatriotic and oligarchical party, a party buoyed electorally by White Nationalist, anti-intellectual, anti-globalization, and alternate-fact tactics targeted at hard-hit Whites in swing states.

This is where we’re are at, as I see it.


MLK Weekend 2017

It has been in the low to mid 70s the last two days. No rain until Wed. No teaching until Tuesday as we remember Dr. Martin Luther King this weekend. I bet that in heaven he laughs out loud at Tio Abe’s tawdry stories. I imagine him and Lincoln conversing, commenting on our dark days with despondency and hope, comparing them to the hard times they endured and died in. Anyway, we should all be thinking of Dr. King this weekend who, like Lincoln, was murdered in cold blood by an assassin who claimed to love America.

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