Sunday, September 04, 2005

Summer's End

Wow, I feel a little like Rip Van Winkle or something ... the last thing I knew it was August 19 and I was complaining about spam blogs ...

Where does the time go? Now, the unofficial end of Summer is upon us. This weekend, the weather hereabouts has an eerie beauty with the unfortunate effect of reminding me of 9/11/2001. School starts soon, and the diamond miners are readying their tools.

The grimness of this past week's news somehow encouraged a chilling thought to pop unbidden into my head. The extreme political (and social!) polarization that has been characterizing this country in recent years (think "blue state/red state" dichotomies, and those with automobiles to flee hurricanes and those without) is quite similar in many respects to the polarization that existed in the years leading up to the Civil War. Of course there are differences, not the least of which that the lines of demarcation are not so unequivocally geographical (or are they?).

Hopefully, this is nothing more than paranoia and disaster-fed angst. Hopefully.

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