Well, that’s it for me this week – a week that, once more, bore witness to "the turbid ebb and flow / Of human misery," as the great Matthew Arnold put it, and as we approach the end of yet another dismal election season, I am reminded of other famous lines from "Dover Beach," Arnold's finest poem (and one of the finest ever written), as it is pretty clear that "we are here as on a darkling plain / Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight, / Where ignorant armies clash by night."
Which is not to say that all is equal. There is one party that, however flawed, is at least motivated by a fundamental sense of justice and humanity, while the other, stuck in pre-Enlightenment darkness, prefers cruelty, barbarism, and self-destructive stupidity. But all I will say further is, vote. Please. It's important. (I can't. The closest I've come to American citizenship is a green card, a college diploma, and a quarter of my ancestry. But I am still very American at heart, and still want what's best for the country.)
Taylor Marsh: Hillary Clinton gets her progressive groove on.
The Left Coaster: The Republicans may be walking into destruction.
Alicublog: The ongoing BS of the right-wing chattering class.
Pruning Shears: The wildly exaggerated threat of the Sandinistas.
And at my place: Breaking news! Ebola. Terrorism in Ottawa. Yet another school shooting. Nothing ever changes.
Round-up by Michael J.W. Stickings of The Reaction. (Twitter: @mjwstickings.) See you next time.
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