To everyone: Prayers for JV's speedy recovery would be appreciated.
My Christian faith doesn't have a lot of love in it, I know that much. I struggle to believe God loves us, or more specifically, me. So today I'll be trusting God more to love me.
Well, it's back for a while at least. Nothing more today but this entry. Stay tuned in upcoming weeks for the following topics:
1. Why Dubya has ruined everything.
2. Are we going ever going to get around to invading Iran and Saudia Arabia?
3. Double standards, hypocrisy and the urge to call someone nasty names.
4. A colleage thinks Al Qaeda is justified in its actions and that terrorists are pragmatic and reasonable. Should he be tied to a stake and left for the dogs to feed on?
5. What is worship and what kinds of things become worship.
Topics you will not be seeing:
1. Reaction to the Terri Schiavo case. Didn't have a strong opinion before, don't have one now, refuse to get into an argument about it. Glad I avoided it. Can't imagine what the anger is all about ... I'm just above it all on this issue, dismissive and condescending, like Zeus.
2. Lessons in classical Greek or Latin.
3. Anything about anyone named Bolton or the confirmation hearings of anyone not nominated to the Supreme Court.
4. Yankee gloating (it's too soon).
5. More politics.
That's all. Okay, guys, coffee break's over — back on your heads.
If I may go English professor on you all, here's the bottom line: There is an American narrative. It's an optimistic story about people's escaping the rigid classifications of other societies and having the freedom to improve their lives, worshipping the God of their choosing and living at peace with your neighbors. And people believe it.
The party that habitually wins is the one that understands that story the best. Since Reagan in 1980, the GOP has controlled the narrative. Clinton only won by understanding the American narrative and explaining better how he fit in. The Dems too often seem more interested in deconstructing the narrative (or substituting it) than telling the next chapter. That is to say, they sometimes seem more interested in revising our understanding of the past than in dealing with the present, or telling an entirely different story.
The Dems need a new storyline. They need to connect to the American narrative.