A Lament For Autumn, Now That Spring Is So Far Away


Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his writing website Yonderandhome.com

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  1. Avatar Swami

    “…the George Floyd video seemed like a moment where just about everyone looked at the same piece of video and on some level knew something very wrong was going on here.”

    Agreed, something is wrong, but what? Some saw the incident and saw what appeared as police abuse. Some saw it and assumed that this proves (or is it represents?) some kind of institutional racism. Others saw it and came to the conclusion that people should avoid overdosing illegal drug cocktails while resisting arrest. Finally, we have the vocal minority who saw it as a chance to stir up trouble by inflaming racist overtones and inciting riot.

    Tough to solve a problem when it is framed (“confirming our priors”) so many different, and in some cases conflicting ways.

    “…those who are perfectly comfortable could at least not get in the way of those who have legitimate grievances….”

    And who, pray tell, gets to determine which view is legitimate or too comfortable? You I presume? Maybe ABC news?

    “….and not judge and condemn the well-meaning whole by the unruly fraction.”

    Which faction was the well meaning one again? I am losing track. Please do let us know.

    “This, the greatest experiment in a free people self-governing, must make perfect the freedom of our people — all of the people — so that they can have equal share of the great things our nation is capable of…”

    I think a whole bunch of people would also disagree that this nation should be aimed at giving people an equal share. Indeed, I am pretty sure they will argue convincingly that trying to give equal outcomes can only come about by sacrificing both freedom and prosperity. Perhaps you could/should reach out to these folks and listen to their voices and arguments. Or not.

    “240 odd years is more than long enough to get it right.”

    Or perhaps, just perhaps, getting it right is a journey, not a destination. If so, then those offering this framing may even suggest that those who ignore the incredible progress made in the last two centuries, have both NOT been paying attention, and are at risk of losing what we DID gain.

    Or not.Report

  2. Avatar Damon


    You know, when assholes like this think this sways the common man, they’ve lost the bubble. Hey, let’s drive the people who aren’t involved into the arms of our opposition…the folks who might be leaning towards our objectives, but just need a decent nudge. Nah, let’s drive them whole hog to the other team. Nice move. Way to ensure your efforts turn to dust.Report

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