“This last point is important because there are some who advocate for democracy only when they’re out of power; once in power, they are ruthless in suppressing the rights of others. (Applause.) So no matter where it takes hold, government of the people and by the people sets a single standard for all who would hold power: You must maintain your power through consent, not coercion; you must respect the rights of minorities, and participate with a spirit of tolerance and compromise; you must place the interests of your people and the legitimate workings of the political process above your party. Without these ingredients, elections alone do not make true democracy.”—President Barack Obama’s at Cairo University : June 4th, 2009 (via soupsoup)
“All’s well that ends well, except for the season finale of Mad Men, which totally jumped the shark with Don’s shotgun marriage and, you know, the more I think about it, maybe it was never that good, it’s just we’re desperate for a dramatic show with high production values about adults that doesn’t involve superpowers or lawyers or doctors and we need an escape valve not merely from our oppressive lives but our oppressive times, that we dimly recognize we’re hanging by a thread in pre-apocalyptic conditions but so long as a niche demographic of liberal arts graduates and media elite can watch something together on Sunday nights about a more prosperous era and blog about it the next day, then not everything must be lost, even though most of the characters are pretty one-dimensional and the dialogue is strained and the retrospective sexual politics are thuddingly obvious, but this is all a way of saying that I’m so excited to dress up for Julie’s Mad Men party on Saturday.”—Timothy McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: Teddy Wayne’s Unpopular Proverbs.
“Of course, the human losses of today’s attacks in Arizona are immeasurably greater than any political or social toll. But it would be irresponsible to fail to note that a young, highly educated, ambitious Jewish woman like Gabrielle Giffords, despite her centrism, represents much that is revolutionary and hopeful about the changing face of American politics, as well as about the new and varied paths and possibilities available to women. She is the kind of politician this nation could barely have imagined existing just a decade or two ago. And so, when I have been asked about which women are not yet national stars but have the peculiar, groundbreaking alchemy it might take to someday become the nation’s first female president, again and again my answer has included the same name: Gabrielle Giffords.”—Salon: Gabrielle Giffords’ revolutionary political role (via kateoplis)