"If y’all want to get married, it’s all right with me. I can’t say it’s worked out too damn well for those of us of the heterosexual persuasion." —-Late Texas Gov. Ann Richards - My mother made me a homosexual. If I gave her the wool, would she make me one too? —-Graffiti - "I’m glad that I believe very fervently that Jesus would not be on the side of the gay bashers. To think that people say, as they used to say, that AIDS is God’s punishment for homosexuality? Abominable. Abominable." —-Bishop Desmond Tutu - When I was in the military they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one. —-Epitaph of Sgt. Leonard P. Matlovich - If homosexuality is a disease, let’s all call in queer to work: Hello? Can’t work today. Still queer. —-Robin Tyler - I had the experience with The Joy of Gay Sex, when it was being distributed in Canada, that a woman thought she was buying The Joy of Cooking. She went home and looked up “chicken” and was absolutely appalled. She created a tremendous fuss. —-Author Edmund White - "I was traveling in Tennessee and I saw a bumper sticker that I’ll never forget. It said: "HOMOSEXUAL: Every Good Southern Family Has One" —-Bishop V. Gene Robinson
Richard Nixon, if he were alive today, might take bittersweet satisfaction to know that he was not the last smart president to prolong unjustifiably a senseless, unwinnable war, at great cost in human life. (And his aide Henry Kissinger was not the last American official to win an undeserved Nobel Peace Prize.) He would probably also feel vindicated (and envious) that ALL the crimes he committed against me–which forced his resignation facing impeachment–are now legal. That includes burglarizing my former psychoanalyst’s office (for material to blackmail me into silence), warrantless wiretapping, using the CIA against an American citizen in the US, and authorizing a White House hit squad to “incapacitate me totally” (on the steps of the Capitol on May 3, 1971). All the above were to prevent me from exposing guilty secrets of his own administration that went beyond the Pentagon Papers. But under George W. Bush and Barack Obama,with the PATRIOT Act, the FISA Amendment Act, and (for the hit squad) President Obama’s executive orders. they have all become legal. There is no further need for present or future presidents to commit obstructions of justice (like Nixon’s bribes to potential witnesses) to conceal such acts. Under the new laws, Nixon would have stayed in office, and the Vietnam War would have continued at least several more years. Likewise, where Nixon was the first president in history to use the 54-year-old Espionage Act to indict an American (me) for unauthorized disclosures to the American people (it had previously been used, as intended, exclusively against spies), he would be impressed to see that President Obama has now brought five such indictments against leaks, almost twice as many as all previous presidents put together (three). He could only admire Obama’s boldness in using the same Espionage Act provisions used against me–almost surely unconstitutional used against disclosures to the American press and public in my day, less surely under the current Supreme Court–to indict Thomas Drake, a classic whistleblower who exposed illegality and waste in the NSA. Drake’s trial begins on June 13, the 40th anniversary of the publication of the Pentagon Papers. If Nixon were alive, he might well choose to attend.
I think this country is in a very precarious state at the moment. I think, as I say, the escalating, accumulating power of organized wealth is snuffing out everything public, whether it’s public broadcasting, public schools, public unions, public parks, public highways. Everything public has been under assault since the late 1970s, the early years of the Reagan administration, because there is a philosophy that’s been extant in America for a long time that anything public is less desirable than private.
And I think we’re at a very critical moment in the equilibrium. No society, no human being, can survive without balance, without equilibrium. Nothing in excess, the ancient Greeks said. And Madison, one of the great founders, one of the great framers of our Constitution, built equilibrium into our system. We don’t have equilibrium now. The power of money trumps the power of democracy today, and I’m very worried about it. I said to—and if we don’t address this, if we don’t get a handle on what we were talking about—money in politics—and find a way to thwart it, tame it, we’re in —democracy should be a break on unbridled greed and power, because capitalism, capital, like a fire, can turn from a servant, a good servant, into an evil master. And democracy is the brake on my passions and my appetites and your greed and your wealth. And we have to get that equilibrium back.
Wie in der Hand ein Schwefelzündholz, weiß, eh es zur Flamme kommt, nach allen Seiten zuckende Zungen streckt—: beginnt im Kreis naher Beschauer hastig, hell und heiß ihr runder Tanz sich zuckend auszubreiten.
Und plötzlich ist er Flamme, ganz und gar.
Mit einem Blick entzündet sie ihr Haar und dreht auf einmal mit gewagter Kunst ihr ganzes Kleid in diese Feuerbrunst, aus welcher sich, wie Schlangen die erschrecken, die nackten Arme wach und klappernd strecken.
Und dann: als würde ihr das Feuer knapp, nimmt sie es ganz zusamm und wirft es ab sehr herrisch, mit hochmütiger Gebärde und schaut: da liegt es rasend auf der Erde und flammt noch immer und ergiebt sich nicht—. Doch sieghaft, sicher und mit einem süßen grüßenden Lächeln hebt sie ihr Gesicht und stampft es aus mit kleinen festen Füßen.