Wow! It’s been a long week, and there’s been a lot going on that I’ve wanted to write about. The protests continue across the Arab world. Iran, Algeria, Libya, Yemen, Jordan, Iraq, and even Bahrain have seen unrest, and the rulers in those countries seem less inclined to go peacefully. And while our attention was overseas, the protests came to our shores. Wisconsin has burst onto the scene, seemingly catching the politcal class flat-footed. Ohio has a bill similar to the one in quesion in Wisconsin. The protests have begun there as well. There was even unrest in Seattle tonight over a police shooting. These are organic protests. They’re not part of some massive politcal strategy. (If they were, my inbox would have been full of email about them before they started, not after.) They’re certainly not some astroturf operation like the Tea Party. What we’re seeing is direct action at its most spontaneous, which is to say at its most powerful (see Egypt) and it’s most fearsome. Are we seeing the seeds of revolution? Probably not, but it’s not impossible. All I can say is to pay attention. What’s happening where you are? What is on the chopping block? Where are the flashpoints in your own states and communities that could suddenly have your locality become the next locus of protest?
Against this backdrop, life goes on. The kids are growing like weeds, both physically and mentally. W’e’ve got Annie registered for preschool and Harry will register for Kindergarten next month. Spring Training has begun in Florida and Arizona, signalling that time of hope and excitement that comes with the spring and the start of the season. I have the weekend off, so I’ll be spending it with my family before going to a bat mitzvah on Sunday. That should be really interesting.
And then it will be back to work on Monday.
So that’s it for now, but keep an eye out for the protests to spread to your town.