We Hit 2006

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, is was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us.

Ah, but if everybody started to write it, the genius Charles Dickens’ famous opening lines of Tales of Two Cities would look like “It was a dark and stormy night”, right?

I think in terems of “age of foolishness” and “age of wisdom” and a post about Science in Politics that I keep meaning to write, but can’t figure out a hook. Except to say:

“As this is written, American liberals have made scarcely a new proposal for reform in twenty years. It is not evident that they have any important new ideas. Reputations for liberalism or radicalism continue to depend almost exclusively on a desire to finish the unfinished social legislation of the New Deal.” — John Kenneth Galbrith, 1952

Which echoes a quote from a couple years ago about how the Democratic Party hasn’t had a single new idea since, say, the idea that we oughta land a man on the moon.

If he says so. Kind of. Sort of. It’s always been thus.

In the meantime, Onward and upward for Science and technology!

Stem cell research. EVOLUTION!!! alternative energy sources.

Terri Schiavo got nobody anywhere politically, did it?

I don’t know where I’m going here. The big Democratic victor of 2005, the new governor of Virginia, won by wrapping himself around Jesus. (Shrug). We march onward, though, in spite of ourselves.

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