in a departure from my regular pattern, tonight brings just one song. i won’t even consider the rest of the album with it.
this is simply because i am devastated. so-called democratic politics everywhere have come to a point where it carries outright malice and self-serving ego-stroking based on popularity, not social policy. don’t think i’m naive.
our prime minister, julia gillard, has tonight been subject to a coup. or mutiny. both apt concepts. and in the end it became about her femaleness rather than her actual achievements, which were greater (largely) than anyone else in recent australian politics. but too few people saw it.
on the other side of the globe, i watched with intrigue and admiration at the stand (literal) taken by texas state senator wendy davis against severe limitations on women’s rights to abortion (SB5). this turned to horror as the majority republicans fudged the system to make it appear that their vote was legitimate, after they had objected throughout wendy’s filibuster to alleged tenuous links to the bill under debate, and once when she adjusted her back brace. at least on this score i can see that true democracy has temporarily prevailed.
i won’t get depressed – i’ll just get mad. hence why i can only take one song right now. and it’s thanks to the dirty three that i have such great vehement emotional expression to share. sorrow and passion all at once. yes, everything’s fucked.