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“Have peace now”

Said Goldberry to the hobbits:

“Have peace now,’ she said, ‘until the morning! Heed no nightly noises! For nothing passes door & window here save moonlight & starlight & the wind off the hilltop. Good night!’ She passed out of the room with a glimmer & a rustle. the sound of her footsteps was like a stream falling gently away downhill over cool stones in the quiet of night.

As you may recall, they finished their quest.

Velvet Shoes

Let us walk in the white snow

In a soundless space;

With footsteps quiet and slow,

At a tranquil pace,

Under veils of white lace.

I shall go shod in silk,

And you in wool,

White as white cow’s milk,

More beautiful

Than the breast of a gull.

We shall walk through the still town

In a windless peace;

We shall step upon white down,

Upon silver fleece,

Upon softer than these.

We shall walk in velvet shoes:

Wherever we go

Silence will fall like dews

On white silence below.

We shall walk in the snow.

Elinor Wylie

Senator Obama, I am not a sucker

Both John Edwards and Hillary Clinton have said that they when the nominating process is finished that they expect the party to go forward united behind a single nominee into the general election. I am really proud of them because they both realize what is at stake and how serious it would be if our coalition fractured and gave the win to the Republicans for another four years. Think about how the world financial markets undulated this week in the wake of the US subprime mortgage market collapse. The effect would be more pronounced if we saddled ourselves with four more years of movement conservatism, neocon warmongering and rapacious greed at the expense of the poor and middle class.

I don’t know about you, dear reader, but I live in a very high cost of living state. None of the economic stimulus packages that have been rolled out are going to offer any direct relief to me due to my salary. Nevertheless, as a single parent, I live a pretty modest lifestyle. There aren’t a lot of frills. And I don’t mind paying my fair share so that bridges get built, the trains run on time, WIC still keeps babies and mothers healthy and my friends and neighbors who have lost their jobs can get health insurance for their kids.

But it just burns my liver to see all of my precious tax dollars getting sent to the wasteful contractors in Iraq and the careless cronies of George Bush in the insurance and oil industries that have squandered what they haven’t hoarded for themselves. I hate it that my dollar is worth 30% less than the euro. I love Europe but trips there are out of the question. I hate it that New Orleans is still a shambles, that gas prices are through the roof and that there are no viable alternatives, that stem cell research is still a distant goal, not a current reality, that my older daughter, the culinary school graduate, has to work two jobs to make ends meet. Our educational system caters to the average prospective paper pushers, the literal wage slaves who will have the safety net yanked from under them. We anxiously anticipate the next terrorist strike but the government has been crippled to such an extent that we will not be able to deal with one then, afterwards, put people’s lives back together. And still we poke a stick in the eye of our enemies with our cavalier attitude and destructive wars.

That has to end. I don’t want MY tax dollars enabling any more Republican *movements*. I don’t want to finance any more of their *transformative ideas*. I want my country back.

That’s why I was so disturbed to see Barack Obama sniping last night that if Hillary or Edwards loses, we supporters would have to get in line behind him but that he had some doubts as to whether HIS supporters would do the same behind the eventual Democratic nominee.

Mr. Obama, I am not a sucker. If you are the nominee, I will work my ass off for my country, not you. Your arrogance and pettiness belies your message of hope. I was astonished by your bitter statement. It sounded petulant and mean-spirited, not that any of your most fervent supporters would notice. If you act as a spoiler and divide us as a party, you will never get another chance to run for president. No one will ever trust you.

So, take the pledge, Mr. Obama. Pledge you will support whoever is the eventual nominee whether it is you or someone else. And urge your supporters to do so as well with all their hearts and minds. This is not a popularity contest. This is the fate of our country and, damn it, you’d better be onboard.