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  •  Reach goes both ways. Fear is answered by action (1+ / 0-)
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    Unless and until their constituents reach in to elected and appointed officials on an issue, it is rare that these officials will spend any time reaching out.  

    Do we have more or greater things to fear than we did years ago?  Maybe or maybe not.  

    Do we have powerful influences that feed us only the fear side of every equation for their own purposes and leave out any action we can take to remove or mitigate the threat?  Pretty clearly.

    Efforts like Dem's and like those advocated in these studies (outreach, cooperative initiative and personal preparedness) describe tangible, effective things we can do to address this potential threat.  

    I do not live in fear that my house will burn, yet I recognize it as a potential threat tagainst which I should guard and insure.  When I contemplate what it would be like if it happened, it is not pleasant; but it does not ruin my day - in part because I know that I have done what I could to prevent it and mitigate its impact on my family should it happen.

    Much the same here.

    Think of the constitution as a levy. Think of our democracy as New Orleans.

    by Into The Woods on Fri Apr 20, 2007 at 06:44:41 AM PDT

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