NYTimes marks the passing of Eugene McCarthy. He ran for president in the days when I was having my first discussions of politics where I didn't just repeat things I'd heard at home. Regardless of how vehemently my folks labeled him a socialist, I doubted much harm could come from a man whose disgust at what the Viet Nam war was doing to the nation led him to say "There is only one thing to do - take it to the country!" His opposition was clear enough at least that he could be seen as an alternative.
We desperately need a real alternative to our present administration who, together with their pals in industry, operate as if their private slogan was "Hey, we can just take it from the country!"