Saturday, August 26, 2006

The Rats are Coming Out of Hiding

Can you recall what you may have written about over 20 to 30 years ago?

Heck, I don't. But I remember I did some extracurricular writing when I was in college. Wrote for a couple of alternative newspapers. Actually became editor in chief of the most notorious anti-establishment news piece on campus. Only my friends and I took a much more conservative slant on things, and we tended to be brash. Very brash. Embarrassingly brash sometimes. So brash we had the administration up in arms. We were all hauled in front of some quasi-administration-student judicial board for exercising our first amendment rights to be brash.

Our satire was often unappreciated by the average, rank and file liberal student. And our writing was passionate as well as pointed. Do I regret saome of the things I wrote thirty years ago? Probably, if I could recall it, but would guess it was at the very least directionally correct.

The culture was different back 20 to 30 years ago. Things that are taboo today were often freely discussed and satirized in the public square back then.

Along comes some rat who excavates the writings of Steve Laffey when he was at Bowdoin College. Excerpts taken out of context from writings of 20 years ago.

First of all, Scott MacKay at the Journal should have had the good sense not to pay attention to someone's last minute attempt to impune the future US Senator in this manner. It is shameful that someone felt compelled to send those ancient manuscripts to the Journal's attention anonimously, and equally shameful that the Projo decided to write about them a couple of weeks before the Primary.

They should have ditched them. They don't mean anything, and they know it - or should have the common decency to know that.

There are acts of desperation taking place. It's a sign that we're closing in on the end, and the rats are coming out of hiding.

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