The Light That’s Lost Within Us

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(Cross-posted at Wild Wild Left)

Some progressives are dreamers.  Some progressives are fools.  I could provide you with more links to prove that than Wellpoint has policyholders hostages, but links aren’t required to confirm that reality, the healthcare reform fiasco has confirmed it beyond any doubt.  We have to remember though, that the Progressive Movement is still young, enduring broken dreams and indulging in foolish rationalizing are part of the process of growing and maturing.

A few Friedman Units ago, when one BushCo thunderstorm after another was deluging the nation, progressives decided something had to be done.  So on the brave and crazy wings of youth, we went flying around in the rain.  Acid rain.  A rain of blood.  A rain of corporate crime.  A rain of lies and deceit and corruption.  Our wings were torn and tattered, but there was still a light within us.  It was flickering, it was almost extinguished, it was almost lost, but it was still there . . .

Progressives were angry back then, we’re still angry at the way the earth is abused, by men who’ve learned how to forge her beauty into power.  We’re angry at the way humanity is abused, by men who’ve learned how to forge illness into profit, how to forge torture into patriotism, justice into injustice, law into lawlessness, and capitalism into a global death march into oblivion.

They’re good at that.

They’ve had plenty of practice.            

We’re struggling to protect ourselves from them, but we’re losing that struggle.  The sand is slipping through the opening.  We’re running out of time.  

With the energy of the innocent, we were gathering the tools we thought we’d need, but we’ve all seen how much good that did.  We reached for the golden ring of single payer, but were told we had to settle for the silver ring of the public option.  Then, when the Progressive Caucus collapsed because collapsing is what they do, we were told we had to be satisfied with no ring at all, we were told we had to settle for speeches praising it from the Democrats who took it away.

And when the smoke cleared, as Democrats took a victory lap around K Street, as Hopey McChange high-fived them for pulling off the biggest fucking back room deal of all time, as the light of reality went dark within too many Progressives, those of us who still have that light within us are turning to each other for refuge.

Because we know the Deluge is coming.  

Obama got elected and many Progressives we’re optimistic.  But that optimism faded as BushCo war criminals and torturers were assured they would not be investigated, as Wall Street criminals were protected instead of prosecuted, as the war in Afghanistan was escalated, and as high priests of hackery like Baucus and Conrad were put in charge of the ritual sacrifice of healthcare reform.  

And now, despite a year of ritual sacrifices the Druids would have been proud of, the praises of Democrats are still being sung at alleged reality-based blogs like Daily Kos . . .

Stonehenge Pictures, Images and Photos

Those Stonehengers wouldn’t know a chessboard from a slab of granite, but they said we were all witnessing a dazzling display of 12 Dimensional Chess.  They said Obama’s multidimensional brilliance would be revealed by and by, they told us Obama getting checkmated 50 times in a row by the RePugs was nothing to be concerned about.  He was just setting them up for the most annihilating defeat any political chess player in any dimension known or unknown had ever suffered.  It would be an epic triumph of such magnitude that awed political strategists of the future would still be talking about it a thousand years from now.

Well take a look at the progressive principles you say you believe in, Stonehengers.  Take a good look at them.  How many of them have been enacted into law?  I’ll give you a second or two to count them all.


That didn’t take very long, did it.  

You’ll never admit it, but you’ve traded your tired wings for the resignation that living brings, the light of reality within you has died, you’ve exchanged its bright and fragile glow for the glitter and the rouge, otherwise known as Change We Can Believe In, a very strange mental condition I’ll call Stonehenge Syndrome for obvious reasons.      

Diodorus Siculus hasn’t posted here for quite awhile, so I’ll share with you one his observations about Stonehenge Syndrome and the disturbing impact it had on the Druids . . .

These men predict the future by observing the flight and calls of birds and by the sacrifice of holy animals.  In very important matters, they prepare a human victim, plunge a dagger into his chest, and by observing the way his limbs convulse as he falls and the gushing of his blood, they are able to read the future.  


There are eerie similarities between the Druids and the Democrats, who as far as I can tell, formulate political strategy by observing the flight and calls of birds, and by the sacrifice of holy animals such as Dennis Kucinich.  In very important matters, they prepare the progressive victim, plunge a dagger into our chest, and by observing the way our limbs convulse as we fall, and the gushing of our blood, they are able to discern how many K Street contributions they can get for their reelection campaigns.  

So they can stay in power while their corporate masters continue to destroy the middle class, so they can snuff out the last light of reality within the Progressive Movement, so they can keep partying through this long last night of corporate debauchery before the Deluge hits, and buries America under a tidal wave of consequences.

And in the naked dawn only a few survived,

Still not understanding that menace so simple and so huge . . .

Naomi Klein - Shock Doc Pictures, Images and Photos

That swept away all they had known in the Deluge.


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  1. speechless.

  2. …as you know Rusty!

  3. and integrating the lyrics into the prose.


  4. wouldn’t have it any other way.

  5. your exquisite expression of the painful truth has my eyes welled up . . . . tears!

    Reality is reality!

    Thank you!

  6. Harharharhar!!!

    Good one!

  7. before our very eyes.

    SEN Kerry sent this out today:

    The right wing has gone off the deep end over health care.

    Sarah Palin targeted Democrats who voted for the bill with an image of gun-sight crosshairs. Rush Limbaugh pledged to “defeat these bastards.” One Republican shouted “baby killer!” on the House floor.

    I defend dissent with every fiber of my being, but these rantings have gone way over the top. They’re dangerous.

    And now, at least 36 Republican Senate candidates running in 2010 vow to repeal health care for the American people.

    If you want to fight these distortions, give to the DSCC. Show Republicans that we are more united and more energized than ever. We’re only $124,660 away from our goal, but the deadline is midnight Wednesday – 24 hours away.


    I know a little something about the fact that standing up for what’s right can bring out the worst in the right wing. They can’t win on facts, so they’ll try to win on smears, manipulation, and intimidation. They want nothing more than to repeal health care and make Barack Obama a one-term president.

    I’ve got one message for all the Tea Party haters who took aim at everyone from John Lewis to Barney Frank: We’re not backing down.

    The American people have been struggling for decades with skyrocketing health care costs and out-of-control insurance companies that deny care when people need it most.

    So Democrats stood up for what’s right and passed historic health care reform.

    But the sad truth is that bringing real change makes Democrats real targets. Remember the Supreme Court says that the right wing’s corporate allies can use unlimited funds to spread ugly rhetoric, manipulate voters with blatant distortions of the truth, and undermine everything President Obama and other Democrats are doing to move this country forward.

    That’s what the DSCC is up against, and the only way – the only way – they can fight back is with your support.  They need $124,660 from the grassroots in the next 24 hours and I’m going to make sure they get it.


    Rrrrright!? A 1990’s GOP insurance bill becomes law and they say that it’s standing up for what’s right and dub it health care reform?  

  8. You know you can get a real deal on Friedman Units if you make a job offer to Chicago MBAs right before final exams…

    Big fan of your great writing!  You keep me sane more than you’ll ever really know.

  9. But I know a thing or two about “The Light That’s Lost Within Us.” I was trying to put it into words for DKos, final words for DKos but I can’t seem to muster the energy.

    My point being that a generation of activist were born, many made it to DailyKos at a time when people powered politics sounded like empowering the people.  Some totally capitulated to the spin of status quo under the enormous social pressure of placing personalities before principles.

    Some walked away hopelessly or like myself stayed because of friendships made. Some they stay and hopefully try modify a message so there will be some people oriented reality. But for the most point a mighty blog represents the light that’s lost.

    I’ll never write that GBCW. It would be dishonest because much time has passed since I decided it wasn’t worth my effort to peruse through all of those Barack Obama’s shit don’t stink diaries to find the one or two gems. You really can’t leave when you are already gone.  

    But think about the limited resource that are people who are born to bring about change and how many of them have been sucked into the democrat faithful because of one powerful website. I’m fuckin disgusted.  

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