How low can politics go? As low as Democrats feel it necessary to rouse their base, I guess. When you accuse a sitting Republican swing-state governor of domestic abuse against women you know just how desperate they’ve become.
One of my all-time favorite literary quotes, this from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby:
“In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. ‘Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,’ he told me, ‘just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.’ He didn’t say any more but we’ve always been unusually communicative in a reserved way, and I understood that he meant a great deal more than that. In consequence I’m inclined to reserve all judgments, a habit that has opened up many curious natures to me and also made me the victim of not a few veteran bores.
Well, I guess this explains it. (I won’t say in what way!)
Another wonderful quote from Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby:
“He smiled understandingly—much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced—or seemed to face—the whole external world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey.”
Thank God for literature and books and music, in a world filled with absolute fools and madness the only alternative is to get yourself a gun – a nice gun.