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  •  now off to see the wizard - (23+ / 0-)

    that is, I will get dressed, head to school, where at 7:30 I have a faculty meeting, followed by a very busy school day.

    I do not know how much time I will have to spend on tis before my lunch, which starts at 11 AM.  And even then I have a series of practice tests to examine to see where my instruction for the next 2 weeks must go to prepare my regular level students for the state exam.

    I had been thinking about this for a couple of days, and last night, when ready to go to sleep, sat down and started drafting.

    Let me note, after this has been up for several hours, that I am in no way a literalist, but I do believe that what is fundamental is the core values of the Constitution.  Our understanding of what that document means has changed some over time, but almost always in the direction of the expansion of the franchise - through multiple amendments - and of the protection of individual liberty.  

    I refuse to surrender to those who wish to distort language and understanding by claiming certain terms for themselves and attempting to turn those that describe their opponents into pejoratives.

    And after all, this is a blog, where we discourse, we even argue.  I do like to provoke a thoughtful discussion.  

    Peace.

    do we still have a Republic and a Constitution if our elected officials will not stand up for them on our behalf?

    by teacherken on Wed May 05, 2010 at 03:21:10 AM PDT

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    •  A thoughtful discussion would be served (0+ / 0-)

      if you would respond thoughtfully to the thoughtful, substantive comments I made about your diary here:

      http://www.dailykos.com/...

      We are in complete agreement with regard to the substantive values and principles you support.

      We differ in how you have framed them here. Your respectful response, in keeping with my respectful critique, would go a long way to helping this discussion move forward.

      So far, virtually every other comment has either been "attaboy", or it has been a meta comment about side issues, or it has been a discussion about brain chemistry and emotions.

      Given your background and professional experience, it would be most helpful if you would forward the discourse.

      Always make new mistakes - Esther Dyson

      by RandomActsOfReason on Wed May 05, 2010 at 09:45:30 AM PDT

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      •  wish I had the time to respond to all questions (0+ / 0-)

        I have responded on the thread at least once to all valid issues I saw raised.  If I did not respond to you it may be because I addressed the issue elsewhere on the thread.

        Sorry, but right now, with the crush of testing upon us and other professional obligations, I am limited in the number of responses I can make on this thread, even if I read every comment.

        do we still have a Republic and a Constitution if our elected officials will not stand up for them on our behalf?

        by teacherken on Wed May 05, 2010 at 10:42:43 AM PDT

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        •  then ignore the irrelevent comments (0+ / 0-)

          that don't address the substance of your diary, as well as the ones that contribute nothing but "attaboy".

          Out of hundreds, there are maybe a dozen here that actually respond to the substance, and only a handful that challenge you rather than unconditionally agree.

          It's not so difficult to promote dialog and constructive discussion by responding to those.

          Always make new mistakes - Esther Dyson

          by RandomActsOfReason on Wed May 05, 2010 at 11:00:08 AM PDT

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