Friday, February 28, 2014

Losing Dad

Drowning in Despair

“Old, white, wrinkled and angry, they are slipping from polite society in alarming numbers. We’re losing much of a generation.  They often sport hats or other clothing, some marking their status as veterans, Tea Partyers or ‘patriots’ of some kind or another. They have yellow flags, bumper stickers and an unquenchable rage. 

“They used to be the brave men and women who took on America’s challenges, tackling the ’60s, the Cold War and the Reagan years — but now many are terrified by the idea of slightly more affordable healthcare and a very moderate Democrat in the White House.

“We’re losing people like my father to the despair of Fox News, and it’s all by design.”

—Edwin Lyngar, self-described libertarian and “frequent Republican voter,” I lost my dad to Fox News: How a generation was captured by thrashing hysteria,” Salon, Feb 27, 2014 
• Editorial Comment: SpongeBob might be more calming.

PeezPix by Ted Pease 
Key West Sunset


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