Speaker for the Diodes - August 13th, 2017

Aug. 13th, 2017

05:24 am - QotD

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2016-12-01:

"This generally has been called the "hate election" because everyone professed to hate both candidates. It turned out to be the hate election because, and let's not mince words, of the hatefulness of the electorate. In the years to come, we will brace for the violence, the anger, the racism, the misogyny, the xenophobia, the nativism, the white sense of grievance that will undoubtedly be unleashed now that we have destroyed the values that have bound us. We all knew these hatreds lurked under the thinnest veneer of civility. That civility finally is gone.

"We all knew these hatreds lurked under the thinnest veneer of civility. That civility finally is gone. In its absence, we may realize just how imperative that politesse was. It is the way we managed to coexist.

"If there is a single sentence that characterizes the election, it is this: "He says the things I'm thinking." That may be what is so terrifying. Who knew that so many tens of millions of white Americans were thinking unconscionable things about their fellow Americans? Who knew that tens of millions of white men felt so emasculated by women and challenged by minorities? Who knew that after years of seeming progress on race and gender, tens of millions of white Americans lived in seething resentment, waiting for a demagogue to arrive who would legitimize their worst selves and channel them into political power? Perhaps we had been living in a fool's paradise. Now we aren't."

-- Neal Gabler, in his essay Farewell, America.

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<!-- 08/13/1860 Annie Oakley born --> <!-- 08/13/1934 Li'l Abner debut --> <!-- 08/13/1951 Dan Fogelberg is born in Peoria, Illinois --> <!-- 08/13/1961 Berlin wall erected --> <!-- 08/13/2017 Pennsic War XLVI --> <!-- lj-cut text="Neal Gabler, on hatefullness" --> <p>From the <a href="http://quotationofthedaylist.blogspot.com/"> Quotation of the day mailing list</a>, 2016-12-01:</p><blockquote> <p><i>"This generally has been called the "hate election" because everyone professed to hate both candidates. It turned out to be the hate election because, and let's not mince words, of the hatefulness of the electorate. In the years to come, we will brace for the violence, the anger, the racism, the misogyny, the xenophobia, the nativism, the white sense of grievance that will undoubtedly be unleashed now that we have destroyed the values that have bound us. We all knew these hatreds lurked under the thinnest veneer of civility. That civility finally is gone.</i></p> <p><i>"We all knew these hatreds lurked under the thinnest veneer of civility. That civility finally is gone. In its absence, we may realize just how imperative that politesse was. It is the way we managed to coexist.</i></p> <p><i>"If there is a single sentence that characterizes the election, it is this: "He says the things I'm thinking." That may be what is so terrifying. Who knew that so many tens of millions of white Americans were thinking unconscionable things about their fellow Americans? Who knew that tens of millions of white men felt so emasculated by women and challenged by minorities? Who knew that after years of seeming progress on race and gender, tens of millions of white Americans lived in seething resentment, waiting for a demagogue to arrive who would legitimize their worst selves and channel them into political power? Perhaps we had been living in a fool's paradise. Now we aren't."</i></p> <p>-- Neal Gabler, in his essay Farewell, America.<br /> <p[<a href="http://billmoyers.com/story/farewell-america/"> http://billmoyers.com/story/farewell-america/</a>]</p> </blockquote><p>(submitted to the mailing list by Mike Krawchuk)</p>

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