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Topic: Trying (Futilely) To Keep Up
Posted by Everyman - 13:10:58 EST

But out, too.

The oh-so-cute and shapely cheerleader goes up, and then down - safely, if dizzily - into the arms of the strong young men on her squad.

There is, alas, no metaphor there for the political Right, for time and again - most recently, just as I write this, my 13,000th post on my culture and often on its dismaying politics - the strong young men have wandered off, aimlessly, taking away their safe-landing hands and arms, in search of something, maybe even something principled, but that's less-and-less-likely these days.

And to make the exercise even more taxing, their football team lost, as it almost always does when it matters . . .

Most.

So, yes, welcome home (not).

As last year finally (and gracelessly) ends, and another year begins.

Last word - for now - goes to Gerard and one of his Sidelines:

"As I watch the entire grand circus of the Enlightenment collapsing, I can only laugh.

But at which group of clowns? The Ringmasters, who will kill everyone under the Big Top if they have to in order to keep them inside the turnstiles? The acrobats, who frantically throw pratfall after pratfall in the face of the audience in order to keep them from noticing that the kingpole is broken? Or the butchers, cooly hawking crap to the rubes in the seats even as the top begins to fall?

No. My laughter is reserved for the audience -- the jaded gentry, the schoomarms, the empty-eyed, slack-jawed food tubes who shucked out their wealth in the belief that the circus was better than reality, and that the show could go on forever.

So, Mister Bandmaster! Strike up the "Stars and Stripes Forever" for one last time. The Big Top is on fire, and nobody's going to get out before it all falls down in flames around them.

New Years' Resolution: resist the urge to say "I told you so" as the firing squad takes aim.

Naturam expellas furca, tamen usque recurret . . .

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