sábado, 26 de setembro de 2020

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We said goodbye to Justice Ginsburg today. Gail Collins has a piece on The New York Times that RBG "knew something about the unreliability of happy endings." I think that this was a good ending for our Notorious RBG. The circumstances of her death almost garantee a new generation of engaged fighters.

Small children got to know about her and learn not only what she accomplished, but also what we need to strive for. Their parents took them to pay respect to Justice Ginsburg. This is the most reliable way that we can move forward and who knows what the world will be like 50 years from now because of what we went through over the past 10 days.

This week I spoke with a friend who is originally from another country and who was telling me how, before the election of Donald Trump, people would tell him how America had changed with the election of a black man, how the election of a woman would foment the change further. These were not American people, of course, but it seemed like they looked at the U.S. as a beacon, a role model. But now, he continued, it was like we had moved back decades.

One has to recognize that one of the accomplishments of the United States is that of inspiring people all over the world of the possibility of change and then there's the iconic happy ending, which is the norm in American film, but the theme of struggle is also as prevalent. Obama was not elected to succeed Bill Clinton; he was elected to succeed George W. Bush.

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