Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Patriotism = Shopping

I’ll tell you all about my 19th Century-Young-Adult-fiction binge soon--

But in the meantime, just having come out of the X-mas extravaganza reminds me--by virtue of contrast--of this passage at the beginning of Little Women:

You know the reason Mother proposed not having any presents this Christmas was because it is going to be a hard winter for everyone; and she thinks we ought not to spend money for pleasure, when our men are suffering so in the army.
I'm still trying to understand how the very people who took us to war pretend that that everything is normal and that we should all go about our shopping as usual. Isn't that more disrespectful than anything that has come out of Kerry's yap yet?

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