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  •  The killer of Democracy is Apathy (4.00)
    Armando:

    When you asked me on subjects like voting rights what can be done, the issue you are getting at is apathy. The AG nomination is just yet another symptom of the disease. How can any polity survive if it's citizens (those who have the power to vote and chose it leadership) no longer care?  How can any system survive if the actors in the system don't even understand the processes of the system. You have got Americans who dont even know who is the President of the US right now.  You ask about reform, and now you ask for people to stand up against the new AG nomination. I don't think it will happen until there is a seachange of attitude which would require a new type of leadership on the Democratic side that is no long afraid of its own shadow. Finally, you talked about the need for reform also, and see a great chance for it, I am remembering, in 2006. We will know in 3 or 4 months which of us is correct.

    •  Apathy (none)
      with a heavy dose of cynicism.  The two together are a deadly cocktail.

      In a democratic society some are guilty, but all are responsible. -Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

      by a gilas girl on Sat Dec 11, 2004 at 11:01:55 AM PST

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    •  Apathy or world weariness (none)
      There are SO many outrages coming from this Bush administration that the effects are blunted by the quantity. Our inability to process the quantity of them diminishes our response.

      And all the while that Iraqi prisoners were being tortured and Iraqi civlians were being killed and US military was being killed by missing ammunition in Iraq the US newspapers were filled with gaymarriage-abortion-CBSdocumentfonts-ScottPeterson-KobeBryant.

      •  Perhaps (none)
        but I'd argue that Americans don't experience enough of the world to suffer from world weariness.  We tend to create more of the situations that give other people cause to be weary.

        In a democratic society some are guilty, but all are responsible. -Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

        by a gilas girl on Sat Dec 11, 2004 at 12:22:49 PM PST

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        •  Good point (none)
          I was thinking of the old fashioned term:
          "worldly weary" used to describe a person who
          has given up on a world so bereft of his/her
          ideals of justice and truth etc.

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