From Brother Charlie Pierce:
The only true resistance to whatever comes next is sadly confined to a civic and political imagination that has grown stunted and crippled, and a commitment to truth and to political involvement that long ago surrendered to distraction, flash, and meaningless intellectual junk food. The democratic muscles needed for pushback have atrophied almost to the point of uselessness, and that's alright because the institutions through which those muscles could be used are shells of themselves. Get ready for four (or eight) years of empty spectacle in the service of destructive policies that the president-elect doesn't care enough to understand.
Yeah, but here's the thing. There are plenty of us out here in Liberal Coventry who are definitely bone-tired and nearly broke from years and years of trying to unstupid the country while at the same time doing whatever we can to keep the meatheads from starting fires. However for our labors we have slowly developed the political equivalent of what used to be called ditch-digger muscles.
Muscles hardened by use, day after day for years.
And we have noticed something interesting. While most of the institutional strength needed to push back against the Marching Morons have indeed atrophied to the point of uselessness, there remains one institutional muscle group that is more toned and well-defined than ever, because it too gets a hard workout every single day,
I'm referring, of course, to the level of diligent, deliberate effort and moral flexibility that is required by our mainstream media to keep those of us who live out here in Liberal Coventry -- those of us who have been right about the Right all along -- the hell away from virtually ever mass media outlet in the land.
Just an observation, made in passing.
And now back to the ditch for me.