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Today in Middle Earth History

On March 25, 3019, the One Ring was destroyed in Mount Doom and the Third Age ended. It was a team effort lead by the hobbits, the most unassuming people in Middle Earth. It was a culmination of solidarity, perseverance, hope and mercy.

Hope is the light that shines when all other lights have gone out.

But the whole enterprise was doomed from the start.

What were the chances that a small band of friends could surreptitiously sneak past the badass lord of Mordor to throw his favorite piece of jewelry away?

If you haven’t read the book, dispel the notion that it’s just a fantasy about elves, rangers and wizards. It’s a book about hope and that hope in spite of the long odds against success. It’s about suspecting very strongly that you’re going to lose and will probably die and there’s no reason for you to take this quest on except that there are so many people depending on you. You will never be the same. You may not come out of it alive. And yet, in spite of all that, you do it anyway.

It’s like voting a tyrant out of office in spite of his orcs threatening to kill democracy as we know it.

It’s like riding your horse Chemo into battle to destroy the Nazgul of cancer.

Tattoo possibilities?

It’s like leading your voters in the fight against senseless gun violence by supporting background checks.

Joe Manchin could use a bit of Tolkien today.

Climb that mountain, Senator.

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  1. We are going to need people in powerful positions with a lot of courage, and a refusal to let democracy die. The great fables, from LOTR, to the Oz stories, to Don Quixote, willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause, give us examples and heart. And of course real life stories of heroism and bravery, on an individual or collective level.

    What we need is for people on our side to figure out the best way to fight the voter suppression laws. Play our pieces the best way we can, or we may never get another chance. Somehow get H.R.1 and the Voting Rights Act passed. If we cannot, or If the Supreme Court voids them; or if they find against , or will not hear, challenges to these state laws, then use some kind of executive orders, maybe even send in the national guard as in early ’60’s segregationist states. If this is unconstitutional, then the state troops will still have to fight the national guard, and we will have the Second Civil War.

    That would be a tragedy, but having fascists take over the states to the extent that they can now just guarantee that the Republicans will win every election there,, because they control all the voting boards, is no less a tragedy. We might win the Civil War, at least. Another somewhat iffy possibility, is to demand that every sports league refuse to play any games in Georgia, or any other state which does what they are doing to voting rights. Desperate times require desperate measures, as we have heard tell.

  2. Exactly William. Now with hindsight I can see how prescient the GOP was with all their attention on the state level and controlling the judiciary, we are now at the mercy of the GOP in many states. Even if you have a Democratic governor, it doesn’t mean a thing, they simply pass laws to limit the governor’s power.

  3. “What were the chances that a small band of friends could surreptitiously sneak past the badass lord of Mordor to throw his favorite piece of jewelry away?”

    :
    And it could not have happened without Gollum. Who would have thought it?
    If Senator Manchin does not have an inner Eowyn or Frodo, maybe he could at least release his inner Gollum?

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