The phrase “This too shall pass” is attributed to a story involving King Solomon:
King Solomon once searched for a cure against depression. He assembled his wise men together. They meditated for a long time and gave him the following advice: Make yourself a ring and have thereon engraved the words “This too shall pass”. The King carried out the advice. He had the ring made and wore it constantly. Every time he felt sad and depressed, he looked at the ring, whereon his mood would change and he would feel cheerful
Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote:
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shatter’d visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamp’d on these lifeless things,
The hand that mock’d them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains: round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
Ozymandias was another name of Ramses II (aka Ramses the Great.) I was first introduced to old Ozzy back in the 6th grade, but I really didn’t get what that poem meant until many years later.
Why, you may ask, is the Petulant Clown getting all philosophical and poetic instead of giving you his usual lame snarkiness? Well, you can blame (or thank) the person who wrote this:
Squeezing the Republican Party into a marginalized position will, inevitably, mean that some “moderate” Conservative idiots will realign with the Democrats. The presence of those Conservatives creates both a challenge and an opportunity, where no opportunity previously existed. It is an emergent moment, a rebirth of the Political dialogue, and this is why people describe it in messianic terms – the secular world does not have the vocabulary to express what is being felt.
Marginalizing the Right will inevitably – inevitably – shift the center of the public policy discussion to the Left. The argument about what to do and when will no longer be centered between Conservatives and Reactionaries, as it has been for 40 years. The center will shift to a discussion between Conservatives and Progressives, the Overton Window will move leftward, and that is entirely a good thing.
That’s a combination of counting chickens before they are hatched and two fleas arguing over who owns the dog. If history teaches us anything it is that nothing made by humans lasts forever. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was one of our greatest Presidents, and was certainly the most influential President of the 20th Century. His election in 1932 ended over a decade of GOP dominance. He enacted the New Deal, which was the most sweeping change in our theory of government since the founding fathers set it up, and he saw our nation through the Great Depression and most of World War II.
In 1952, a mere twenty years after FDR defeated Herbert Hoover, the voters put a Republican in the White House. Ronald Reagan and movement conservatives have been trying to repeal the New Deal ever since it was first enacted. Eight years ago G-Dub and Turdblossom thought they were going to create a permanent Republican majority, and two years ago the voters gave the legislative branch back to the Democrats. So we must never forget that there is no finish line in politics. At most, one side gets to lead for a while, but eventually the lead changes hands again.
No matter who wins on Tuesday, we will have a lot of work to do. Oh, we can take a break to celebrate or drown our sorrows, but the work will be waiting for us when we return. Even if the Electoral College fairy magically made Hillary our next President we would still have to work as hard or harder. We fight and struggle to make gains, and then we fight and struggle to hold on to those gains. Molly Ivins* said it best:
Those who think of freedom in this country as one long, broad path leading ever onward and upward are dead damned wrong. Many a time freedom has been rolled back–and always for the same sorry reason: fear.
So one thing I have learned from Johnny Faulk, Texas, and life, is that since you don’t always win, you got to learn to enjoy just fightin’ the good fight.
So keep fightin’ for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don’t you forget to have fun doin’ it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. And when you get through kickin’ ass and celebratin’ the sheer joy of a good fight, be sure to tell those who come after how much fun it was.
Molly said it, I believe it, that settles it.