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  •  Another 56er... (1+ / 0-)
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    snafubar

    Another old dog. We are out there. A lot of us haven't been saying much, mostly because we are old enough to know that most of the time nobody is really listening. You obviously care. Continue to do so. It is painful, but necessary.

    Please do accept the apologies of those of us that do not always communicate that well -- mostly because there is just too much going on. Yet we are with you.

    With regard to your diary:
    If Anne Pressly was assaulted in the course of a robbery, that is tragic.
    If she was assaulted for ANY OTHER REASON, that is more than tragic, and points to the need to redefine both our political discourse and the direction of our country -- and the very fact that there is any question as to whether there is anything behind her death beyond simple criminal intent speaks volumes as to how much damage has been inflicted to our nation and how much healing is now required.

    We MUST take the country in a new direction. We MUST. The alternative is unthinkable.

    •  I agree with you completely. I wish to start (1+ / 0-)
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      drybones

      a discussion about not just the one who throws the match, but how and why the world became soaked in gasoline.

      Sure, he who throws the match surely was the spark that lit the world on fire - but do we ever allow ourselves to have the conversation to explain how we all stay so perpetually volitile?

      That's the discussion that is sadly missing.

      Thanks for your comment.

      Small pedantic point of order - the alternative is unthinkable to those who have a conscience and are deliberateive.

      The alternative is not only thinkable, but to those who will actually make it happen, it's probably subconscious. That's why the conversation to bring it into the open is so essential.

      And THAT has signficant bearing on our situation.

      George Orwell is banging on the lid of his coffin and screaming, "1984 was a cautionary tale, you dolts, not a motivational speech!"

      by snafubar on Sun Oct 26, 2008 at 10:33:03 PM PDT

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      •  Pedantic point of order wholeheartedy conceded (1+ / 0-)
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        I should have perhaps said that the "alternative was unthinkable" to any fundamentally decent human being. And yes. Those who become willing to maim or kill on the basis of ideology have rationalized their point of view so deeply that they are, however regretfully, "doing the right thing" no matter what crimes they may commit in defense of their cause. That is the most frightening thing of all - those that have participated in, for example, lynchings in this country have for the most part not done so because they wanted to be evil, but because they were, in their ignorance, convinced that they were "doing the right thing."

        •  And now we know the rest of the story... (1+ / 0-)
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          how surreal is it when (let's hope it's just "if") we get a native-born US supremacist who decides to show the world how morally superior and godly-chosen he is that he'd do something unthinkable to the US president, all the while the entire premise of the Right-wing neocons' war on terror is that we somehow held the moral ground over other non-judeo/christian religions.

          I'm still ashamed that so many in this country can still convince themselves this country can do no wrong. That's precisely why it continues to happen - because the masses are still refusing to look at the evidence that it ever could.

          Thanks for your comment.

          George Orwell is banging on the lid of his coffin and screaming, "1984 was a cautionary tale, you dolts, not a motivational speech!"

          by snafubar on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 08:50:34 AM PDT

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