It hurts to set you free
But you’ll never follow me.
~ “The End” copyright © 1967 Doors Music Co.
(subsequently used as soundtrack in the film “Apocalypse Now”)
There are in politics, signal events, moments that mark the turning of tides and the end of eras. Sometimes it is the impact of words with prophetic power… “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this Wall.”
It is… the appearance, on the horizon, of an event that will change the course of a story.
~ “Shadows of the Evening Crawl across the Year“
There is also sometimes a gap, a time between a sign of the ominous, and its inevitability.
It is like events in the calm before a big storm… like the ones that preceded the (avoidable) Republican self-destruction of 2008 (as in 1992), which I described here: The Winds of Disaster.
There is frequently, as in 2008, significant time after an earth-shaking decision is made, but before it is executed, for the decision to be reversed. That calm is the time when action must be taken.
There was considerable time between May 9, 1945, when Col. Paul Tibbets personally chose the aircraft (while it was still on the assembly line) he would name the Enola Gay (after his mother), and the completion, on August 6th, of the plane’s singular combat mission to devastate Hiroshima.
But there is also some point, before the event actually happens, at which there is no longer any turning back, (was it when the container holding the nuclear weapon was literally welded to the deck of the USS Indianapolis?), a point when judgment has been rendered.
The final, yet potential, dismemberment of the Washington State GOP as a grassroots political organization is right now somewhere in that calm, that interlude. (more…)
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