Monday, May 16, 2011
Opposition Repeats Itself
I recently bought the companion book to the Ken Burns' PBS series on the National Parks. One part recounts the struggle to add Rockefeller's land donation to Grand Teton National Park over local opposition. There is a picture of the June 23, 1943 front page of the Jackson Hole Courier. One headline reads, "Noted Columnist Likens Jackson Hole Monument to Nazi Trick". Yep, conservatives comparing expansion of a national park with voluntarily donated land to the vile Nazis as WWII raged! So there really is nothing new under the sun. It's like the genome of an organism, many of the codes are the same as other organisms, but they're expressed in different combinations or lay dormant for a time. So it is with society and politics and we shouldn't allow ourselves to be surprised or bullied when these themes pop-up as we go forward and address the challenges as I see them.