“So this is how liberty dies; with thunderous applause.”
Like many travelers before me, I’ve always wanted to visit Prague. Part of it is the sense of enlightenment through its history. Prague Spring in 1968 was a temporary thawing of Communist ruled Czechoslovakia. This so-called “Communism with a Face” was the Czechs’ attempt to bring their government in line with their citizenry. Although it was ruthlessly put down by the Soviet Union in the summer of 1968, I always felt a kindred spirit with the Prague citizens. They tried to improve their situation in non-violent ways. In 1989 Prague was freed from 41 years of Communist control by the bloodless “Velvet Revolution.” Hand it to the Czechs; they know how to throw a revolution where no one gets hurt.
"Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance."
I love Rioja wines. To me, it is Spain in a bottle. I like it is a wine that appeals to all types of wine drinkers. I love they let it mature in the barrel. When you open a bottle, it just needs to breathe a bit; it rarely needs decanting. To quote the late great Orson Welles, “Good wine”–<heavy breath, the dude was wicked overweight>–“takes time.” –<dramatic pause>.
As I watch the chaos that engulfs the country, the anger I feel is not about conservative versus progressive. Both of these political positions have good and bad points. No matter what the talking heads on Fox News and MSNBC think, there are no absolutes.
In our race for political dominance (and ergo the edges of the political spectrum of Left and Right), we have forgotten that consensus and compromise are the foundations of democracy. But even more critical, our politicians have forgotten how to keep their word; and by this I mean, they don’t keep their oaths of office.