Now it is true that I believe this country is following a dangerous trend when it permits too great a degree of centralization of governmental functions. I oppose this — in some instances the fight is a rather desperate one. But to attain any success it is quite clear that the Federal government cannot avoid or escape responsibilities which the mass of the people firmly believe should be undertaken by it. The political processes of our country are such that if a rule of reason is not applied in this effort, we will lose everything — even to a possible and drastic change in the Constitution. This is what I mean by my constant insistence upon “moderation” in government. Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are H.L. Hunt (you possibly know his background), a few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.
—Dwight Eisenhower, 8 November 1954
As is typical, I went out on a walk this morning. As is also typical I was at a crosswalk and the light said it was my turn, but a car was turning right and she went before I could step out into the street. I’m used to this, and I always look out for the cars. This time I wasn’t even angry or surprised … it’s a tricky spot and, to be honest, I wasn’t exactly attentive to the light either and I think she may have wondered if I was even going to cross.
I got a fair distance away from that intersection when a driver pulled over and said, “Excuse me, Miss,” to get my attention. I assumed she needed directions somewhere but she explained that she was the one turning right and she just was in such a hurry to get to work she didn’t notice me and she wanted to apologize.
I was pretty shocked! I thanked her several times, explained that I’m a driver as well and know it’s easy to miss a pedestrian, and she said she just had to find me because she felt so bad.
What she had to do to come do this was take extra time, somehow find a place to turn around, and search me out. Wow.
I again thanked her before she left, and then (stupid me and words!) said, “Thank you so much. I’ve been walking for 5 years now and your the first to do this!”
What I meant, of course, was that she was the first to apologize. Oh I do hope she knew that. She certainly wasn’t the first to pull in front of me, and sometimes I’ve nearly been killed. But I nearly ran back to her to explain … yet I didn’t. I feel badly about that.
Then she drove away.
For some reason I became incredibly happy that morphed quickly and totally into sadness. I suddenly wanted to come home and end the walk.
I wonder if it’s because she was a person of color. Maybe it’s because I feel like, as a group of people, blacks have been so trampled on and she was the one and only person to EVER apologize to me. I wonder if it’s because I feel like I should have apologized to HER for all that she certainly has dealt with in her lifetime. I wonder if it’s because I am embarrassed by my old white self, full of privilege and all.
I honestly don’t know.
But now I wish I’d gotten her address so I could send her a card showing what I do on these wacky walks of mine and to thank her again for going out o her way to apologize.
Hindsight. I really hate it!
But in any case, I’m still puzzling over my reaction.
Here … have a flower from today’s walk, shortly before the street where we first had our encounter.
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
But you knew that. Right?
… and he continues to do this. To quote him, “Sad.”
These efforts include the use of visible Kremlin propaganda outlets, such as RT and Sputnik, to publish false news stories and conspiracy theories. Russian actors then deploy social media bots to spread these false stories far and wide. In the U.S., Watts said, the goal has been to provoke the Trump into repeating them or retweeting them to his millions of followers.
In a moment that stunned the hearing room, Watts flatly stated that the president himself has become a cog in such Russian measures. When asked by Oklahoma Republican James Lankford, who appeared visibly dismayed, why, if Russians have long used these methods, they finally worked in this election cycle, Watts’ answer was extraordinary.
“I think this answer is very simple and is one no one is really saying in this room,” he said. Part of the reason, he went on, “is the commander in chief has used Russian active measures at times against his opponents.”