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  •  We could have rallied in the streets, held (2+ / 0-)
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    strikes and sit ins, demanded that the Constitution be upheld. We didn't. We griped and moaned, but took no substantive action to correct what was going on. So yes, we did collectively deserve what we allowed.

    Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. The Druid

    by FarWestGirl on Wed Apr 08, 2009 at 07:04:28 AM PDT

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    •  And we should have. (3+ / 0-)
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      What's more, a whole lot more of us - and I include myself in this indictment - should have been a whole lot more involved back in the 1980-90s.  We shouldn't have settled for complaining about the way the GOP was dismantling our essential civic infrastructure.  We should have been taking to the streets back then, en masse, to peacefully demand that basic protections we'd suffered and worked to put in place back in the 1930s be kept in place.  We didn't.  And we're paying for it.

      The beautiful and awful thing about democracy is that we get exactly the government we deserve: for better or for worse.  If we want it to be "for better," we have to deserve that by exercising our duties as citizens ... and not just on election day.

      Good morning! ::hugggggggggggggs::

      •  The slippery slope, the one damn thing after (3+ / 0-)
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        another. We get caught up in the day to day and let things slide, 'just this once'. We react against the hysterics that claim the sky is falling every five minutes and get into the habit of assuming that it isn't. That it's just hyperbole or that things couldn't really get that bad because we've been there before and learned that lesson, right? It's damned hard to know where to draw the line and even harder to get enough of us together to agree that the line has been crossed and we need to do something about it. The inertia is hard to overcome when we've got so much to do in our own lives. ::sigh::

        Good morning! :::Huuugggsss:::

        Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. The Druid

        by FarWestGirl on Wed Apr 08, 2009 at 07:25:20 AM PDT

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        •  "This is advanced citizenship." (2+ / 0-)
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          From the Rob Reiner film The American President:

          America isn't easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, 'cause it's gonna put up a fight. It's gonna say "You want free speech? Let's see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who's standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country can't just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then, you can stand up and sing about the "land of the free."

          When we take "advanced citizenship" for granted, we all pay for it.

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