Friday, May 20, 2016

Suppose it were Friday cxiv: Turn, turn, turn

Time to be prosaic. On
Tuesday, the Place de la
République flooded, with
youth calling upon the
Center-Left government
they had voted for, to
defend employment rights
their politics had pre-
viously achieved. If you
seek a monument to what
Bill Clinton did in his
post-electoral, pre-in-
augural, stark revision
of solemn promises, to
heal the George Bush re-
cession with a stimulus,
there it is, matured.
No one who saw that, tele-
vised on C-SPAN, will ev-
er forget the sight of an
abortion of the ballot of
the United States, beyond 
any political remedy.

Campaigning again in
Kentucky some few days
ago, Mrs Clinton, still
just distinguishable e-
nough from her spouse
to evade the 22nd Amend-
ment's benign constraint,
announced he would be in
charge of "revitalizing
the economy." Shivers of
that other inspired prom-
ise, that Nancy Reagan 
led the fight against HIV. 

A spontaneously ignited
movement, energising now 
the Sanders campaign for
the Presidency, is world-
wide and resolved, precise-
ly because the Center-Left
capitulated repeatedly, to
keep favor with patriots.
In America, there was the
blackmail we know so well:
the Right is worse, we op-
press you to protect you,
and besides, we are smart.

They're trying it again,
the audacious dare to re-
member their commitments,
always suffering for us;
and they object to the
tenor of the children's
discontent. But the gen-
eration has its shelter.

At every turn, Paris.
Look familiar? It might
be Philadelphia. In the
Summer, when it sizzles. 

Bill Henson
Monochrome series

Eric Feferberg

Agence France-Presse
Getty Images
The New York Times©
17 May 2016

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