I wish that were not the case, but it is.
On the packet, it says last best hope, and that stopped being true quite a while ago, but they just changed the package altogether. In a way, it doesn't matter whether or not the Diebold machines were crucial, because the mere fact that Diebold announced his entire intention of making possible cheating by the right sort of people indicates that democracy is under threat and there is no putting the genie back in the bottle.
I don't believe that crooked voting machines were responsible for the vote in eleven states against gay marriage. Abraham Lincoln - I think, but I am remembering at second hand through a quote in Primary Colours, and the movie at that - talked somewhere about listening to 'our better angels'. Eleven states listened to their worse ones, and voted against the rights of fellow citizens. There was an America once that was about recognizing rights and justice and that is broke and there is no fixing it.
You were, in many respects, our better angels, the idealistic kid who told the grumpy adults, the miser and the wastrel and the drunk and the wife who let her husband beat her, that things and people should just be gosh-darned better than they were. And that is broke and there is no fixing it.
I am reading good posts from all over -wild_irises and jennyo and Ter90's comment to my comment to Jen and debg - and I want to hug all of you and make it better. And Te and Twinkledru and so many others. And Teresa at Making Light.
But there is no hug and there is no better.
Kate Bornstein tells me that they are casting a new workshop Threepenny Opera in NY, which is prescient because you are in Weimar, at the very best.
It is important that you resist, but there may come a time when you need to run away. There are lions and tigers and giants out there in the wood and they will harm you sooner or later.
Remember those saleable skills, and the floor space we will find for you, and that many people had to leave Germany and found lives elsewhere, or left the Rodina and found it no more than an ache.
And we love you, even if we are not able to say we love your country. Kudos to burntcopper and paratti for saying so well what we English-speaking Europeans find ourselves thinking.