Just Another Day

"Any idiot can handle a crisis, it's day to day living that wears you out." - Chekhov

Friday, March 18, 2005

A Great Man Has Died

Considered impolitic because he didn't have the Kennebunkport-style elitism bred into him and he actually spoke the truth, Kennan was a master of the muddy middle and a champion of nuance, nonetheless. He wasn't a politician trying to take both sides of an issue, thus his nuance was fact-based, he was a true intellectual who understood that extremism based on black-and-whitisms was more dangerous than actually thinking. While the Stalinist socialists and right-wing republicans want to stop thought process so people will just get on with following whatever doctrine is laid out for them, Kennan showed that true genius lies in the ability to find the truth somewhere in the center of all the browbeating dished out by mental midgets on the right and left. Therefore, he opposed the Vietnam War because it was not sensibly in our sphere of concern while also condemning the violence and inchoateness of the war protestors. He understood the strength of our system was in its flexibility not blind adherence to flag waving. In other words, he was one of those to understand that love of country is poorly expressed by the America-firsters and jingoists. He was one of the sensible men in our nations history whose name all Americans should know but, by his refusal to pay heed to any ideological masters, probably never will.