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  •  I agree with Jane (4.00)
    ...on this one.  I've posted this quote on Kos like a gazillion times, but I'll repeat it.  Gandhi considered himself a soldier, but a soldier of peace; you can still be harsh and aggressive and brutally honest without taking up arms.  to wit:

    "I consider myself a soldier, though a soldier of peace.  Let it never be said that I ever made a statement of this description: That the masses of India, if it became necessary, would resort to violence."

    •  mlk's letter from birmingham (4.00)
      really sums up a lot of his feelings on how to make a change. love is a foundation, but martin absolutely believes in shaking things up, and in fact, states in the later how disturbed he is by "moderates." here's a link to the letter itself--still inspiring after all these year

      "I must make two honest confessions to you, my Christian and Jewish brothers. First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: 'I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action'; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a 'more convenient season. Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection. . . ."

      The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity. --Yeats

      by JaneKnowles on Wed Mar 02, 2005 at 09:11:16 PM PST

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      •  Whoa (none)
        Boy, does this sound like the Rupublican-lite Democrats.

        Talking about abortion...or support of the Iraq war...or voting for Gonzales.  Or many, many other things.

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