August Break: Dahlia's Wisdom + Freak Flags



Yesterday I got inspired by a pocketful of dahlias at my local glasses shop, Focal Point in Berkeley. Then I got to thinking about Dahlia Lithwick, sage commentator on all things constitutional and Supreme Court. So I thought I’d tie those two things together today on my August Break.

“I think men get nervous when women start counting the number of female senators, and whites become edgy when they hear the next Supreme Court seat will probably go to a Latino. This isn’t always because they object to sharing the spoils, by the way; it just reminds us that the melting pot may not be working, and we haven’t yet achieved the ambiguous national dream of becoming a nation of indistinguishable beige atheists.”

“There is no rest stop on the misinformation highway.”

“Allowing ourselves to become a nation of silent, secretive, timid citizens is likely to result in a system of democracy and justice that is neither very democratic nor very just.”

I think Dahlia is saying: “Let your freak flag fly.” Or was that Jimi Hendrix?