Thursday, March 02, 2006

nothing's permanent

While the general level of alarm rises, what with talk of the "permanent" tax cuts shifting even more wealth from the poor to the shamelessly overpaid, and talk of the "permanent" provisions of the Patriot Act robbing Americans of our vaunted civil liberties forever (while we impose that freedom at bomb-point abroad), let's calm down and remember the wisdom of Heraclitus. To paraphrase: the only thing permanent is change. And while we may go farther down into the darkness Bush has unleashed upon our country and the world, into martial law and concentration camps to torture dissenters, the reign of terror must end sometime. From Karl Rove's Republican Revolution to the flaccid cowardice of the Democratic Party, nothing is permanent.


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