On this inagural day, 2017, I return to my own inugural attendence in 1976. I was 12 and recall vividly the bicentennial fervor. A reaffirmation of our shared Enlightenment values. The feeling that, with only a few minor exceptions, we were all continuing the grand experiment. Is this a rose colored memory? Simple nostalgia? Naivete? yes. Guilty of all charges. However, that was also the rhetoric of the day. The dialog.
Today, the dialog is appalling. Our narrative, disgusting. Make it stop. I wish that I had something uplifting to share. I don't. Study your 20th century European history. Look to secure yourselves. Think of survival for yourself and family. Dark days are coming for our republic. (click here for a full sized graphic)