People continue to ask me about Hong Kong and I am surprised to see how sad I get, as I reflect on how frightened I am by the rising debt in the U.S. and the lack of accountability as to infrastructure in this country. Bush can continue to call for money for Iraq, but the money is not there. We cannot continue to borrow.
Perhaps because Bush is from a wealthy family that he has made wealthier, he does not seem to have the concept of an empty wallet, but I think we need to make it clear. We can't afford Iraq. We cannot afford the loss of life, but we also can't afford it financially.
It is odd to see so much more clearly from "over there." I love my country and I want it to stay strong and offer what it has offered in the past, and it is hard not to return concerned and wondering what we can do to "wake up."
Justice William O. Douglas wrote this:
As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression.
In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged.
And it is in such a twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air - however slight - lest we become unwilling victims of the darkness.
It is time to notice, and time to act.