Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Civic Pain

The world continues its merry ride to hell in last Sunday's Week in Review! Frank Rich, whom I always read first, writes about a vote--getting whack job named Christine O'Donnell. She actually out-outrageoused Karl Rove, who used to be the disgustingest.  O'Donnell "just may be the final ingredient needed to camouflage a billionaires' coup as a populist surge." Doom.

Feature story" "The Secret Sponsors," investigates the propaganda organization Coalition to Protect Seniors, a right-wing anti-"Obamacare" cabal that spent $400,000 last month. Journalist Mike McIntire wrote this informative piece describing his process of trying to get to the bottom of who's really behind this cloaked conspiracy. Searching through a web site to a post office box to a telephone in an insurance office, McIntire never found out who is responsible. Gloom.

Thomas Friedman hopes a real third party will arise to tell us that both parties are captive to special interests. Dreamer!

If we're still reading, we can continue to John Schwarz's "Bullying, Suicide, Punishment," based on a young man's suicide after cyberhumiliation. Under the rubric of exposing how inadequate the laws are, Schwartz gets to remind us of other horribly sad examples of children hanging themselves and jumping off bridges after being bullied. Moan!

And just to put the cherry on top, Nicholas Kristof brings news we're "At Risk From The Womb," so anti-poverty programs must begin before birth! (But I am sure--my comment--that the billionaire-populists will quash this idea while simultaneously making poor women unable to prevent birth.) Groan!

I must take this newspaper into the woods and fall down on it and pray over it! Or stop reading it, which I don't think I'm allowed to do. Feeling the civic pain is part of one's civic duty.


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