What has been the most surprising cultural event of 2010?
The Tea Party Movement and Republican Congressional victories in the U.S.
Look, i recognize that after every election, half the population, and sometimes more, is going to be disappointed.
I also recognize the world and the U.S. are going through some difficult times, politically, economically, socially, & morally,
I also know that loud voices, no matter how irrational, will be heard; while soft voices, no matter how reasonable, will be ignored.
But i did not think we were this crazy.
I did not think we would allow ourselves to destroy the country just to prove that a Black president can't govern.
I did not know the limits to which the right wing might take its fear and anger.
And i am,shocked and appalled and very, very pessimistic.
I don't know whether i have become wiser or other Americans
(i refuse to call them "my fellow Americans" at this point)
have become more ignorant, more fearful, more blatantly selfish, or more evil.
I am saddened.
I am a student of U.S. history, and i thought i was shockproof.