"He drew near and saw the city, and he wept for it saying, 'If you had only recognized the things that make for peace. But now you are blinded to them.   Truly, the days will come when your enemies will set up barriers to surround you, and hem you in on every side. Then they will crush you into the earth, you and your children. And they will not leave one stone upon another, because you did not recognize the time for your salvation.'”

Luke 19:41-44

Stocks were on a tear today on the hopes for a better turn of events with the government budgetary squabbles, optimism on a China trade deal, and the results of the Senate GOP finding no evidence of 'collusion' with Russia by the Trump Administration to influence the results of the presidential election..

This last item is not surprising, because this entire Russian collusion meme seems as though it is an hysterical reaction to the spin put out by the Clinton political faction and their neoliberal enablers after their shocking loss in the 2016 Presidential election.

Too bad though, because the financial corruption and private pilfering using public power, money laundering and the kind of soft corruption that is rampant amongst our new elite is all there. And by there we mean on both sides of the fence— which is why it had to take a back seat to a manufactured boogeyman.

Gold and silver were still marking time and the Dollar backed off a bit.

There is a long road ahead before we see anything like a resolution to this troubling period in American political history.

We look back at other troubled periods and places, and either see them as discrete and fictional, a very different world apart, or through some rosy lenses of good old times which were largely benign and peaceful.  We fail to see the continuity, the similarity, and the commonality of a dangerous path with ourselves.  As did they with their own times gone by.   Madness blinds its acolytes because they wish it.

We are reassured and misled by the same kinds of voices that have always served the status quo and the monied interests, the think tanks, so-called 'institutes,' and the web sites and former con men who offer a constant streams of thinly disguised propaganda and misstatements of principle and history.

People want to hear reassuring words of comfort and formal 'religion,' but do not wish to draw the conclusions that these principles suggest (dare we say command in this day and age) in their daily lives. They blind themselves by adopting a kind of a schizoid approach to life, where 'religion' occupies a rarefied space, and 'political or economic philosophy' dictates another set of behaviours more pliable and pleasing.

They wish to strike a deal with the Lord and a deal with the Devil—  to serve both God and Mammon as it suits them.  It really is that cliche, so obvious that we cannot see it, that it is happening to us and around us. 
"Those among the rich who are not, in the rigorous sense, damned, can understand poverty, because they are poor themselves, after a fashion; they cannot understand destitution. Capable of giving alms, perhaps, but incapable of stripping themselves bare, they will be moved, to the sound of beautiful music, at Jesus’s sufferings, but His Cross, the reality of His Cross, will horrify them. They want it all out of gold, bathed in light, costly and of little weight; pleasant to see, hanging from a woman’s beautiful throat."

Léon Bloy
No surprise there.  It has always been so, especially at times of such vanity and greed as these. Then is now. There is nothing new under the sun.

Have a pleasant evening.