Wednesday Vignette – shadow theatre

Those of you who have been with me for a while know that sometimes the DC shenanigans drive me bonkers. This is me apologizing ahead of time for yet another rant, I had hoped to keep this little outlet of mine to more neutral matters, but… instead I can’t seem to avert my eyes from this very real Noh drama playing out in Washington.

Anyone who paid ANY attention to the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings of Kavanaugh would probably agree that it was a complete sham. The information released for the Judicial Committee to pre-read was carefully cherrypicked beforehand, so that nothing too controversial would be released. The answers coming out of the nominee’s mouth were polished, shallow, and non-committal. Essentially as slick of an evasion of an answer as anyone could have hoped for. Requests for more background documentation were consistently and unbendingly stonewalled.

Gunnera leaf - closeup

This Gunnera leaf is a beautiful scrim, casting a soothing glow over the world, with only the occasional tear in its fabric, allowing a glimpse of the machinations behind it.

Then, there was the allegation of sexual misconduct. And, then there was another one. No surprise there, but neither – by the administration – was deemed worthy of the customary FBI investigation. Media, of course ran with it – as they should. But, this line of argument, at this point, feels like a rabbit hole. Disturbing as those allegations are, focusing entirely on those, is dangerous and myopic. I would caution against betting everything on tomorrow’s misconduct hearing. As this Opinion by the nominee’s old friend David Brock indicates, there is A LOT more at stake here – this nomination has been in the works for decades. Yet hardly anybody is talking about that – which is why I want to repost it here. Apologies again for yet another political post – but this one has SEVERE repercussions for future generations. I’ve been obsession over it for weeks, so yet again, my dear readers, you are the recipients of my angst. If this moves you in any way, my hope is that you tell everyone you know. At this point, to say “Call your Senators” feels almost pointless, as this slow- moving freight train of determined, nepotist, conservative reactionaries  will almost inevitably crush yet another essential part of this democracy. I’m bracing for what tomorrow brings – while most of us are focusing on other things…

About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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26 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – shadow theatre

  1. bergstromskan says:

    Scary Anna, thank you

  2. As you already know we are in complete agreement on this matter. I wonder how Merrick Garland is viewing this charade?

    My (nonpolitical) WV:

    • annamadeit says:

      That is a very, very good question… I imagine he feels a bit violated, and probably upset that he’s not able to actively take part in the “draining of the swamp” – at least not from the top.

  3. Kris P says:

    I’ve no illusions about tomorrow’s hearing either, Anna. It’s interesting that all the Republican senators on the Judiciary Committee have chosen to delegate their responsibilities as representatives of the people to an outside party – while I understand their political reasons for doing so, I hope their constituents will remember just how useless they are in their elected roles when the next election comes around. Women are becoming increasingly angry and that train isn’t going to stop until our representatives listen and learn from what’s being said.

    My WV concerns much lighter activities under the cover of darkness:

    • annamadeit says:

      Yeah, that is interesting… Wonder if she too is part of the larger agenda, or if we can count on her to approach it from a neutral perspective. It’s no accident that they picked a woman. I only hope that that quality will shine through enough to count.

  4. Alison says:

    The one hope I have about the rigging of the Supreme Court by the GOP is that if/when the Democrats do get in power (perhaps in 2020), they increase the size of the Court. There is nothing in the Constitution that says how many justices we must have, only that we must have a court. The country has already increased the size of it at least once in our history. It doesn’t require an amendment, just an act of Congress.

    • annamadeit says:

      Wow, Alison, I had no idea they could do that! Need to research that – that sounds quite hopeful – at least if the initiative comes from the two Houses and can not be rejected by SCOTUS. Very, very interesting idea, my friend. Hmmm…

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  6. mmwm says:

    Thank you. For the focus, the link, and the photo, which is perfect. My WV is not unrelated:

  7. Cathi Lamoreux says:

    Ring the bells that still can ring
    Forget your perfect offering
    There is a crack, a crack in everything
    That’s how the light gets in.

    -Leonard Cohen

    I thought of this when I saw the gunnera with holes letting in the light.

  8. hb says:

    I was reading an article about how a real functioning representative democracy (or democratic republic) requires work on the part of citizens. Paying attention, voting, reading about the issues, making ones views known. We’ve gotten distracted, too distracted, or in many cases so overworked there is no time for anything else. Young people in particular need to vote. Only about half of eligible people under 30 voted in 2016.

    We’re in a sad state, yes we are.

    • annamadeit says:

      You are absolutely right – that’s why we’re in the situation we’re in. And, although I do blame them (and their parents) for not realizing that rights come with an equal set of obligations, I also can’t blame them for being discouraged. Jesus, what a world we’re handing over…

  9. FlowerAlley says:

    I am amazed at how many of my female friends are doubting these THREE women with similar memories. The truth, even if it is ugly, needs to be exposed. This man will be a supreme court judge for the rest of his life. Let’s not rush through this. I will be cringing in the morning.

    • annamadeit says:

      Yeah, I will be, too. But you’re absolutely right – it needs to be said. And, like you, I’m in absolute disbelief over women doubting other women who put it all out there, risking homes, families, careers, and reputations on telling their stories. Granted, not all women are saints, just as all men aren’t devils, but I think anyone enjoying a comparatively successful and comfortable life, who breaks the peace to speak their truth, deserve to be heard and taken seriously.

  10. So sad for all of you (and, by association, us)

  11. Both our Senators (Durbin and Duckworth) are solid no votes. I agree with you about Kavanaugh. I suppose we shouldn’t be shocked that Republicans want a sexual predator on the Supreme Court, since they have one in the White House. And yet it is still a shocking and degrading spectacle.

    • annamadeit says:

      Agreed. Still, there are so many other reasons he proved himself unsuitable. That hearing was as hard to take your eyes off as the most captivating thriller – I was riveted in my disbelief. Kavanaugh was completely unhinged! Regardless of allegations, that and his conspiracy laced partisan display should disqualify him from ANY court. Glad to hear your senators are solid NOs. Fingers crossed for the FBI findings in the week to come!

  12. Peter Herpst says:

    So sad.

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