I consider myself an optimist. Whatever happens, I look at it as if it were the right thing, and that the future is something to look forward to.
And yet, I believe November the second is a more tradgic date for the United States than September the eleventh or December the seventh. The things that Cheney will do to this country in the next four years will be greater in magnitude than anything in the 20th century and unmatched by anything in the 21st century. I don’t care about Bush—he’s an idiot.
But here’s my optimistic perspective. I haven’t had to try to take on this perspective: it is inherent in my nature.
As cheney runs the national deficit so high as to make the government powerless, Bush decieves the American people that the war in Iraq is good for the economy. But you can’t decieve people forever. When the economy crashes and the government becomes a corporation, the people will know. Americans will not be opressed—not conciously.
And I believe that this is the time, whenever it comes, that capitalism in its whole crashes to the ground. There are many theorists who believe that we’re overdue for a social change, and I can see the breakdown of capitalism all around me.
And whatever comes after that, that is what I look forward to. I don’t know what it is, and there’s a good chance it will not be pretty, but I look forward to seeing what it is. That is the role that I’m taking now. I’m choosing to stay in the country and to watch what happens.
On the plus side, no great composer has lived without hardship. If I’m ever to be a great composer, I’ve got to start suffering somehow. :-)