Monday, May 4, 2009

g.h.kirsch: Kent State in memoriam

For those who still remember the idealism of their youth, this link will take you back to Kent State University May 4, 1970.

On this day almost 40 years ago, the illusion that government can not turn on its citizens, even their children, was violently dispelled.

Nixon's imperial presidency created the situation, but he would not be the last. George W. Bush and company proved that.

The current resident of the White House, though he be a constitutional legal scholar, is not making a serious effort to reform the office, to preclude a successor's untoward ambitions. He continues to embrace many of the anti-constitutional devices that characterized his predecessor.

So let us not forget how badly things can go.

"A time it was
It was a time
A time of innocence
A time of confidences

Long ago it must be
I have a photograph
Preserve your memories
They're all that's left you