We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
At the heart of the denial that afflicts people like Ignatius is fear. They are afraid to believe that there are people in the world who embrace evil over good and death over life. Like many people in denial, Ignatius finds it far more comforting to believe that everyone is just like him -- basically well intentioned and occasionally misguided. However, Ignatius is wrong -- just as wrong as wrong can be -- and the whole of human history stands as witness to his error.
I have warned for years about government health care being a Trojan horse for government micro-management of personal behaviors. If government is paying the health care bills, then anything individual action or choice that can conceivably be linked to health are open to regulation.
There he was, Bill Ayers himself, sitting in a Marriott conference room waiting to partake in a session of the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). The former Weatherman, "unapologetic" (his own word) fugitive from justice, and hot potato of the far left whose acquaintance with Barack Obama in Chicago during the 1990s and unrepentant boasting about Weatherman bombings at the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol in the 1970s, prompted the Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin to accuse Obama of "palling around with terrorists"--and the University of Nebraska to cancel a planned speech by Ayers last October.
No matter: Plenty of other colleges have been happy to have Ayers at their podia in light of his Obama connection and the attention-getting frisson of notoriety that he brings with him wherever he goes. Ayers is now a "distinguished" professor in the education school at the University of Illinois-Chicago and the author of numerous manifestoes and memoirs (his most recent, coauthored with his equally radical wife, Bernardine Dohrn, a law professor at Northwestern University, is Race Course: Against White Supremacy)...
"Ignatius." Wasn't he a character in "Confederacy of Dunces"? Maybe that's who Dr. Sanity is referring to. I have to disagree just a bit - Ignatius may be wrong in staying in denial, but that state of mind usually comes about when things heat up so badly you can't handle them. I have spent time there and liked it, and who cares anyway unless you're trying to have an intelligent conversation. I think 52% of the people in our country are in denial, but they're not there because of fear. They're there because they're stupid, and plenty of conservatives are there, too, for the same reason. I think fear is creeping in on both sides now, though. Good thing because fear beats stupid any day.
I recommend Seamus Heaney's translation (preferably the bilingual, though if you have no interest in seeing the original Anglo-Saxon, the straight translation is likely cheaper). Excellently done, although poetic conventions were so very different that the poetry of the original really cannot be translated. All you can do is translate the meaning, and cast it in current poetic forms (which really isn't the same).