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ProfessorVery nice eulogy. Regardless of what one might think about someone that may be negative, a eulogy is not the proper place for it anyway.BravoAll the best
I also read lots of negatives lately to round out perspective. My father was born end of 1923 so this type is very near to me like Carter. They were quite the weak end of their generation. Milktoast so to speak. Of course brutal stupidity of his son is also not good. I suppose ultranationalists say similar about Putin's very tepid responses generally. Lincoln said it famously 'you can please all of thd people some of the time and some of the people all of the time but you can't please all of the people all of the time'. Perhaps times changes. What would have passed for wisdom and strength in 1979 or 1991 with Carter or Bush would look wimpy in the 80s or 00s so a hard type character with little brains, pure gut instinct would be needed. I mentioned this in a comment a while back. According to the oldest, most respected of astrological cycles historically is the 20 year saturn/jupiter conjunction. This happens pretty much on round numbers, 1980, 2000, 1940, 1960. Immediately following there can be strife, war, renewal. In the following decade, 1970s, 1950s, 1990s, 2010s however things chill out. TV consumerism of 50s, Malaise of 70s, Obama coolness, Carter and inflation, stupid linear technical developments in music, culture, etc. without much deeper conssideration. No beatles, new wave madness. Anyway 2020/1 ought to have stress in store for us. But does it have to equal 1940ish extreme stress? I certainly hope not. People have gotten used to industrial life style, laziness. No extreme ideology or negative leaders seem on horizon. Clowns from left and right wings compete against intransigent bureaucrats of established parties. It is more like titanic sinking. Who would fit zeitgeist of such a time but perhaps clown, disruptor Trump or reformer Bernie. They can't do much anyway. If all people do is complain and look at superficialities, not substance then we have lost our way. 'The vision thing' is the phrase I remember best about Bush sr. That says loads. Maybe about me. But he was practical, nuts and bolts communicative guy. 'Without a vision the people perish'. However our politicians with a vision have wrong one, no time, influence to accomplish it. So Xi, Putin understand that and consolidate power, give themselves a quarter century for reform. Western democracies aren't geared to that. So the bureaucrats glacially endure, control politicians. We talk of deep state. Pentagon, CIA are long winded. Corporations, lobbyists have long term plans, don't face voters. No wonder a businessman became president. He understands, manipulates the system better from outside. Crassius. Mr. Smith goes to Washington, ie the honest man trying to make a difference, is Trump, not career brown nosing politician. Truth to power comes not from within. Politburo members follow the rules. Bushes were like royals, they broke rules. Clintons are fake royals. Left and right have blood lines established. Switch crowns but bureaucracy holds sway. This is all too stream of consciousness. Sorry.
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