Monday, June 15, 2009

Noonan On The State of Affairs

Peggy Noonan, author of seven books and a former President Reagan speech writer, writes in her latest book, "Patriotic Grace":

"What are we barreling toward? A difficult time, I think. We know we live in an age of weapons of broad and immediate destruction, that they can be deployed against civilian populations by any group with the will, money, and mad focus to do it. I think a lot of people are carrying around in their heads, unarticulated and even, in some cases, unnoticed, a sense that the wheels may be coming off the trolley and the trolley off the tracks, that in some deep and fundamental way things have broken down and can’t be fixed anytime soon. It came to me as a reordering thought. I’d felt a version of this sentiment since 9/11, and maybe you did too. The old ways are over, the old politics are over. We have to sober up, we have to change. This is a time for seriousness, for high-mindedness, forbearance, and reason. Is there a grown-up in the house? America is at a very crucial stage in its life. That we're facing some really big things and we're acting like it's still the 1980's and still the 1990's and still having our brute, dumb, vicious politics at a time that we need something better. Before this is over, we'll all have to help each other down the stairs. Something tells me that it's going to get a little dark out there."

"Patriotic Grace" on Amazon along with an interview about the book:

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