A Straight Shot of Politics

A blog from a gentleman of the Liberal political persuasion dedicated to right reason, clear thinking, cogent argument, and the public good.

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I have returned from darkness and quiet. I used to style myself as "Joe Claus", Santa Claus’ younger brother because that is what I still look like. I wrote my heart out about liberal politics until June of 2006, when all that could be said had been said. I wrote until I could write no more and I wrote what I best liked to read when I was young and hopeful: the short familiar essays in Engish and American periodicals of 50 to 100 years ago. The archetype of them were those of G.K. Chesterton, written in newspapers and gathered into numerous small books. I am ready to write them again. I am ready to write about life as seen by the impoverished, by the mentally ill, by the thirty years and more of American Buddhist converts, and by the sharp eyed people [so few now in number] with the watcher's disease, the people who watch and watch and watch. I am all of these.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

The Blood on Iwo Jima

Reverend Donald Sensing of One Hand Clapping has an absolutely tremendous post both in prose and pictures on the Anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima. Go read it. It is a perfect essay of its kind. I would only add to it that my teachers have suggested to me that many, perhaps most, of the Americans born after 1945, were Japanese or German in their immediately previous life. Such are the karmic bonds war makes. Looked at that way, it amplifies the ultimate tragedy of it.



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