Chael Graham

Letter from Amerika: Inversion in the Promises Land

August 17, 1980

Anyone trying to discover which way the political wind blows in Amerika today has no farther to look than the sun-blasted grazing lands of the West. The front is occluded. Winds down to nothing. And the forecast calls for heat, high humidity, no precipitation, and little change. Even the radicals seem content to wait until the 1984 election to chide ‘we told you so’ – they have no choice in the coming presidential election, but no choice. America is holding itself hostage, demanding an immediate return to the good-old-days of ‘The New Frontier’, ‘The Eisenhower Years’, ‘The Sixties’, or ‘Pre- Whatevergate’ – according to the individual’s political presumptions. America is expressing all the symptoms of a general, numbing confusion of destinies, a novel impotence which threatens the world as nothing else ever could.

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