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  •  My guess is (2+ / 0-)
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    peace voter, possum

    that Dr. McCoy will not be surprised by what he sees politically anymore. The milieu here is very moderate, really, politically, very much oriented to electoral politics and "breaking" scandal news, which is fun and even important sometimes, but which retards discussion on more substantive issues.

    I think too that by now the fact that torture has been perpetuated by both Democratic and Republican administrations alienates a large proportion of the Daily Kos crowd, who have greater allegiance to the Democratic Party, it seems, than to democracy itself. The latter is anathema to torture, and has been since the early days of the Enlightenment.

    Truly, we live in reactionary times.

    McCoy writes with outrage, focusing it upon documenting historical truths. But I am sure he has an eye on changing the world for the better, and is pleased to have anyone who will come along for the ride.

    Invictus -- "The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became truth."

    by Valtin on Wed Apr 25, 2007 at 11:31:08 AM PDT

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    •  The truth is a powerful speaker. (2+ / 0-)
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      peace voter, Valtin

      That is what makes McCoy's message all the more important.  And for those folk who hide their heads in the sand because Dems have been complicit, I feel nothing but sympathy.  What will they say when one of their friends is taken or tortured?  Is that what will be needed for them to take action?

      For far too long I among too many have been quietly sitting by waiting for someone else to act.  Not any more.  People like you and McCoy give me strength to carry on the fight day by day.  Your shining examples put the folk around the world who fail to act right to shame.

      Let us hope folk like McCoy and others are never silenced as so many have been in past times.  So long as they are willing and able to speak I hope to stand in their unwavering support.  I consider that both an honor and an obligation.

      Never In Our Names "all you have to do to qualify for human rights is to be human."

      by possum on Wed Apr 25, 2007 at 11:50:00 AM PDT

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