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  •  I am thinking not of the critters (15+ / 0-)

    but of the country

    It is too easy for Americans to dispose of their own irresponsibility by blaming those they chose, with plentiful forethought, sometimes with the time and devotion and dollars, to place into office in order to speak in their name.

    It takes two things for a democracy to fail

    1. an irresponsible elected and
    1. an irresponsible electorate

    the first cannot happen so long as the second is not present. But once the first is entrenched, it requires a special effort on the part of the people to rehabilitate themselves, because the entrenched corruption will do everything in its power to do just that -- stay in power and continue to leech off the desperate waning strength of its host -- its own country.

    History has featured this sad drama far too many times.

    The good news is sometimes the spark of redemption - and, oh yes, retribution, takes fierce hold and does so in a strong and constructive and peaceful fashion.

    May this be the case here in America.

    Because rest assured, retribution of some kind is coming for what the Republicans and their many, many complaisant friends in our own party have done in all our names...and in their own cynical self interest.

    If it is not a reawakened American people who deliver them this news at the ballot, and through hearings, and through the courts and then the prisons..

    well, there are other ways for the balance to be reasserted, but those involve tremendous emotional, economic, physical and moral discomfort...

    That's why a functioning system of government is a really, really nice thing not to eff up.

    The weighting is the hardest part. - Tom Petty, pollster and rock star.

    by cskendrick on Sun Jun 15, 2008 at 06:42:03 AM PDT

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    •  Great arguments. (8+ / 0-)

      Do we have the moral fortitude to wake up and regenerate? And what will be the final straw, or the combination of straws, that finally makes it too painful not to? That's what I keep wondering. $8 gas? Natural disasters with no help left to access? I don't know. But whatever it is, it's coming.

      In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.

      by alkalinesky on Sun Jun 15, 2008 at 07:31:12 AM PDT

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      •  I was interested in the comparison (5+ / 0-)

        between China's reaction to that dreadful quake, and the Us's reaction to Katrina...  The role of government is viewed very differently, is it not?

        Some people are like blotters -- they soak it all up but get it all backward.

        by Granny Doc on Sun Jun 15, 2008 at 07:32:31 AM PDT

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        •  It is (6+ / 0-)

          Not being in China, I have no idea how much of the relief efforts were for the benefit of the cameras, and how much actually occured. But the government appeared strong and prepared, very unlike ours.

          But I was at least encouraged by the moral outrage in this country to the complacency of Katrina, short lived though it was. I am desperately hoping that New Orleans is on the agenda map for Obama, not merely because of the people that live there, but also to prove to ourselves and one another that we have the integrity as a nation to right our wrongs.

          In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.

          by alkalinesky on Sun Jun 15, 2008 at 07:40:56 AM PDT

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