Is there a cause we’re not utilizing phrases like “Vichyite” and “Quisling” to explain the stance of these Republican members of Congress who plan to assist these ridiculous challenges to the election outcomes? I anticipated some Republican members of the Home backing this seditious lunacy, however senators? CNN has the checklist. Most are from states the place they won’t pay a worth for this, however Sen. Ron Johnson is asking that the voters of Wisconsin be disenfranchised and he faces those self same voters in 2022. I hope they keep in mind.
I’ve by no means been shy about my admiration for Sen. Elizabeth Warren. However this text at Politico makes me marvel to whom she is speaking as she charts a course for progressive coverage. I applaud her for working with Senate Democratic leaders, for enjoying the within sport not the skin/Twitter sport, however since when does somebody as good as Warren not see the political hazard of main with pupil mortgage forgiveness at a time when thousands and thousands of People are fearful of being evicted? And since when does she repeat cliches with Stalinist roots and overtones like “proper aspect of historical past”? Progressives want Warren to be focusing like a laser on earnings inequality, her sturdy swimsuit, because the nation rebuilds a post-pandemic financial system.
Newsweek stories that 20 states raised the minimal wage efficient Jan. 1, and one other two states have raises coming later this 12 months. Progressive financial insurance policies are wildly widespread in each blue and crimson states, and if President-elect Joe Biden makes such insurance policies the centerpiece of his first 100 days, he’ll construct a governing coalition.
Relatedly, The Washington Submit stories on Wall Avenue having a banner 12 months and among the richest individuals in American making billions extra. In the meantime, thousands and thousands of People are struggling, many are dealing with starvation for the primary time, others dealing with eviction. Folks will likely be reaching for his or her pitchforks if the incoming administration and Congress don’t do extra to salvage the true financial system, and fund the mandatory adjustments with taxes that hit the completely synthetic earnings generated by the monetary sector, all of them predicated on nothing greater than a guess about future earnings or generated by usury. As for Mr. Jeff Bezos, if Democrats don’t break up Amazon within the subsequent two years, they’ll have failed the American individuals.
Thumbs right down to the Metropolitan Opera in New York Metropolis, which rang within the new 12 months with scab musicians for his or her digital gala. The American Federation of Musicians, the union I joined on my 16th birthday so I may be part of the native swing band (second trombone!), issued a press release that learn, partially: “The deepest offense any inventive establishment could make is the selection to assault its personal artists. Let’s be clear: hiring non-Met musicians beneath the banner of the Metropolitan Opera and outsourcing the orchestra’s work is an assault on the Met as a creative establishment and an insult to the very artists who work there. The Met remains to be the one main American orchestra that has furloughed and never paid its musicians or given them any sort of substantial monetary assist or lifeline through the pandemic.” Peter Gelb and the remainder of the administration workforce ought to be ashamed of themselves.
Talking of opera, and as a final Christmas reward to readers, one of many recordings I stumbled throughout over the vacations has moved me greater than every other: Montserrat Caballé, as Queen Elizabeth, singing a 21-second pianissimo that floats above your entire refrain (begins at 2:49 minute mark) in Donizetti’s “Roberto Devereux.” It’s not solely the wonderful breath management. It’s the lusciousness of the voice. I keep in mind the primary time I heard her voice and stated, “Wow.” It was her recording of Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera.” Her rendition of “Morro, ma prima in grazia” is justly well-known, and it was that music which, upon listening to, brought on Freddie Mercury to hunt her out, resulting in an important friendship and collaboration. However what I heard first was the sooner aria, “Ma dall’arido stelo divulsa.” Simply miraculous.
It appears to be like like none of us will likely be touring a lot this 12 months, however thank God for retailers like Smithsonian Journal that supply some digital journey choices. They’ve simply posted a digital tour of the Mausoleum of Augustus in Rome, which is outwardly the most important round tomb on this planet. I’ve walked previous it a dozen occasions — it’s close to the Ara Pacis, and there was once an important little restaurant referred to as Cinquenta Nove up that manner. Quickly, guests to Rome, yours really included, will be capable of go to this historic marvel.