Not only was the incident itself horrifying, but so too was the contrast in police response, or apparent lack thereof, compared to what would happen if the couple were not white, attorneys, or rich. The of huge defects in our country that have been exposed during the last few months is staggering.
Long before Walter White roamed the New Mexico desert brewing up blue meth; long before Tony Soprano emerged from the Lincoln Tunnel, cigar in mouth, onto the Jersey Turnpike; long before Don Draper walked the halls of Sterling, Cooper, tortured with secrets, guilt, lust and ambition, the story of a corrupt, depraved and magnificently ruthless family transfixed us in front of our 's round-screen, inch TV's.
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Claudius survives the imperial intra-familial carnage perpetrated by, among others, Livia and Caligula, because his stuttering and chronic limp made him appear like a harmless idiot, and because of his quiet intelligence and cleverness. For most of the story, his is the only conscience in a hive of power-mad murderers, thieves and madmen. But once in power, beset by faithless wives, scheming courtiers and corruption, even Claudius succumbs to bitterness and disgust and takes to heart the advice of his friend and subsequent enemy Herod:.
In my favorite scene, two advisors suggest a possible new wife for Claudius who has had grim bad luck in prior spouses. One suggests Claudius's niece, Agrippina, to the horror of the other. Claudius listens impassively to the heated discussion, finally proclaims.
Which of these tv miniseries has the line "let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out"?
Let it all hang out and see what happens. Maybe release of the poisons will expose the rot in the system and lead to something better, maybe even a Republic. That quote has remained with me as I've watched and been a part of political events for these nearly forty years: the poisonous racist appeals of Reaganism in the '80s; the pernicious, calculated rhetoric of Gingrich-Luntz in the '90s; the demonization of dissent in the '00s; and the renascent bigotry of the Tea Party since the election of Obama. He wants to incite people and to rally people for political ends; that is not a good person.
As part of a racist rant, Bill O'Reilly blurts out: "White People don't force black people to have babies out of wedlock. My hope is that they will finally convince a strong majority of Americans that one party is dominated by racists and xenophobes financed by Dickensian billionaires, and repudiate that party at the polls.
But unlike Claudius, I'm not going to just sit back and watch. I'm going to do all I can to help it happen. Hatch Out. Upper West. Community This content is not subject to review by Daily Kos staff prior to publication.
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Not your most intimate friend. Not your dearest. Not the wife of your bosom. Trust no one. Claudius listens impassively to the heated discussion, finally proclaims Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud.
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