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Back in the early '90s, when Bush the Elder was President, he uttered the infamous phrase, in response to sagging economic policies and poll numbers, "Message: We care."

I reflected on that phrase this morning seeing the numerous diaries, thoughts, and prayers with regard to fellow Kossack Buffy Orpington.  What struck me is that, indeed, this community as whole, as well those of us wearing similar political stripes, do indeed care .  

And it goes deeper than merely taking care of one of our own.

I've had my own experience with this community in terms of advice and rough times.  Approximately one year ago, I was going through hell in a new job.  I posted on this blog asking people what I should do, because I felt I was sprialing into depression.

This community gave me invaluable advice as to what to do about my situation at a time when I needed confirmation of my worth.

At another time, a time I decided to run for office, this community rallied around my campaign and helped out financially and spiritually.  It was a great lift.

So today, I can't help but thinking that we need to let people know, over and over, that political blogs are not merely screeching, hate-filled screeds that have no worth.  Because that's simply not the case.

Message: We care.

And "we care" not because it's going to score us political points, a la President George Bush I.

We care because it's who we are at our core.

We care about the state of our nation.

We care about the needless deaths in Iraq.

We care about those who suffered because of Hurricane Katrina.

We care about the corruption and destruction of our politics, reaching new lows every day.

We care about our relations with not only ourselves, but our fellow Americans, and our fellow friends accross the globe.

We care about our air, our water, and our land -- because we know it's not merely "ours", it's everyone's.

We care about our political party, to make sure it stands for the values we care about.

We care because that's who we are.

We care.

We care.

We care.

So to those who might not want to visit here, who think we are merely denziens of partisanship willing to tear down all who don't subscribe to some perceived "groupthink", who think we are anti-American, who think we want to destroy a way of life, I have this simple message:

We care.

Come and check us out.  You might be pleasantly surprised.

I know I am.

Originally posted to wmtriallawyer on Wed Oct 11, 2006 at 07:18 AM PDT.

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  •  What I DON'T care about... (22+ / 0-)

    Petty arguments.

    Whining.

    People's own personal political plays to advance their personal agenda.

    Lack of logic.

    Lack of passion.

    And lack of care and compassion.

    That's about it, though.

    :)

    We are a party of innovation...We are willing to suffer the discomfort of change in order to achieve a better future. --Barbara Jordan

    by wmtriallawyer on Wed Oct 11, 2006 at 07:17:21 AM PDT

    •  That pretty much covers it (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      trashablanca

      Whining is a big one for me. If you need to complain- fine but then add suggestions for improving or changing the situation you don't like.

      One more diary on the Chevron ad might just do me in though :)

      Let us resolve to be the masters,not the victims,of our history,controlling our own destiny without giving way to blind suspicions & emotions- JFK

      by vcmvo2 on Wed Oct 11, 2006 at 07:22:12 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  I can take the petty arguments (1+ / 0-)
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      trashablanca

      and the whining and the personal agenda and even the lack of passion...but not lack of logic and lack of compassion those are 2 really terrible things in a community

  •  "Missing: White Woman" -- reality vs. theatre (15+ / 0-)

    I'm struck by the contrast between the "Missing White Girl" derision of over-arching media coverage -- not a bad thing, when really searching for someone, provided that it's not used as a prop to hide other important news -- and the necessity of spreading the word when searching for someone.

    There's a clear message in how things are handled.

    The media outlets -- perhaps not all, and maybe not all intentionally -- used the "Missing White Girl" phenom to help hide other potentially Administration-embarassing (or Republican-embarassing) news.  In terms of "getting the word out" it was quite effective; in terms of use as a smoke and mirrors trick to help hide other critical news, it was cheap and tawdry.

    While I see a good amount of effort in our own "Missing White Woman" -- the search and concern for Buffy O -- it's not shut down the site nor impeded the normal flow of regular front-page news.  It's not been footnoted: it's on the Recommended list, twice for the moment.  But, not exclusively, nor to the exclusion of all else.  

    Big difference.

    The girl that vanished from the Bahamas was tragic, but it was turned into a fiasco of sorts because it appeared to also function as a smokescreen, creating the dualing condition of generating a great amount of public awareness for a missing person while allowing criminal activity of other natures to fly low and quickly under the radar.  I'm sure the family and friends were grateful for the exposure -- I would be, provided it was positive and helpful (in practice and intent).  Unfortunately, the media dropped the ball (or the focus) by excluding other stories that may have "diluted" the news by actually providing more content of a significant nature.

    We're seeing a big difference here, I think, where an entire community has been mobilized to help find, and attempt to respect the privacy of, "one of our own" while continuing to act as a political community.

    I think that's a key distinction of what makes this a great community, and helps us illustrate how the media should have handled the earlier case of the "missing white woman" (women?) that they'd covered.

    Anywho -- I wanted to get these thoughts out, before hearing any other sites start attempting to criticize us for the importance we've put on the life of one of our folks.  The distinction is, to me, very apparent and easily noted.  I hope folks read this comment through prior to commenting, and "get" what I'm trying to say.  (Not sure that I'm being clear -- typing and multitasking, so hopefully the diffs came through clearly.)

    Thanks for the opportunity to put this out for folks to thunk about.

    Never, never brave me, nor my fury tempt:
      Downy wings, but wroth they beat;
    Tempest even in reason's seat.

    by GreyHawk on Wed Oct 11, 2006 at 07:30:21 AM PDT

  •  I come here because of its community (5+ / 0-)

    sense. On Focked News they posture about missing blondes, here we care about anyone and everyone, that's the diff!

    Freedom...er...FreeDems are on the March, boy George!!

    by Asinus Asinum Fricat on Wed Oct 11, 2006 at 07:37:33 AM PDT

  •  We also care (2+ / 0-)
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    jdbrooklyn, ilyana

    About positive ideas. Not fearmongering. Not divisive wedge issues. Not just reacting to the latest threat. But proactive ways to make the world a better place.

    "I'm not here for the Iraqis, I'm here for George Bush." - Iraq occupation staffer

    by Beet on Wed Oct 11, 2006 at 10:19:50 AM PDT

  •  And this community shares genuine values and (3+ / 0-)
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    Beet, javelina, va dare

    tries to embrace virtues like these describes in this collection of quotes that Buffy Oput together:

    Sunday, October 01, 2006
    Life by Virtue
    I have so many stories to tell - nursing stories, funny stories, stories of heartache and horror, stories of the absurd, stories of failure, stories of humiliation, and stories of discovery and of affirmation. I'm a storyteller.

    Madeleine L'Engle, one of my favorite authors of youth, and now of adulthood, penned an exchange about a geeky, out-of-the-popular kids mainstream, intelligent, sensitive soul trying to figure out when she was most herself.

    She had an "aha!" moment when she realized that it was when others accepted her for herself and allowed her to be, her. And when she could get out of her own way.

    I'm always struggling to get out of my own way.

    I believe that the virtues are the basis by which we learn about ourselves and others, and how we grow in our humanness. For me, the more I can integrate the concepts of the virtues into my acts and personality, the more I grow. I'm an experiment of applying theory to practice.

    What are the virtues? According to Andre Comte-Sponville in his book A Small Treatise on the Great Virtues they include:

    Politeness

       The only true source of politeness is consideration. -William Gilmore Simms

    Fidelity

       To be prosperous is not to be superior, and should form no barrier between men. Wealth out not to secure the prosperous the slightest consideration. The only distinctions which should be recognized are those of the soul, of strong principle, of incorruptible integrity, of usefulness, of cultivated intellect, of fidelity in seeking the truth -William Ellery Channing

    Prudence

       If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner. -Omar Bradley

    Temperance

       Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts. -Aristotle

    Courage

       Courage is doing what one needs to do when it needs to be done and keeping true to ones moral and ethical convictions at the same time -Robyn Elaine Serven

    Justice

       Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society; and any eminent departure from it, under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all. -Edmund Burke

    Generosity

       enerosity during life is a very different thing from generosity in the hour of death; one proceeds from genuine liberality and benevolence, the other from pride or fear. -Horace Mann

       "What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -- Albert Pike

    Compassion

       Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace. -- Albert Schweitzer

    Mercy

       The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings. -Henry Ward Beecher

    Gratitude

       To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude. -Albert Schweitzer

    Humility

       I like the fact that in ancient Chinese art the great painters always included a deliberate flaw in their work: human creation is never perfect. - Madeleine L'Engle

    Simplicity

       You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children. -Madeleine L'Engle

    Tolerance

       There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it behooves all of us not to talk about the rest of us. -Robert Louis Stevenson

    Purity

       "There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."

       -- Edith Wharton

    Gentleness

       Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength -St. Francis De Sales

    Good Faith,

       If it can be verified, we don't need faith... Faith is for that which lies on the other side of reason. Faith is what makes life bearable, with all its tragedies and ambiguities and sudden, startling joys. -Madeleine L'Engle

       The world of science lives fairly comfortably with paradox. We know that light is a wave, and also that light is a particle. The discoveries made in the infinitely small world of particle physics indicate randomness and chance, and I do not find it any more difficult to live with the paradox of a universe of randomness and chance and a universe of pattern and purpose than I do with light as a wave and light as a particle. Living with contradiction is nothing new to the human being. -Madeleine "L'Engle

    Humor

       A sense of humor is the only divine quality of man. -Arthur Schopenhauer

    Love

       I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love. -Mother Theresa

    There they are. Universal, rich and paradoxically, needed most when they are perceived to be needed least.

    "Let us not be conservative with compassion. Be generous with compassion."

    by ilyana on Wed Oct 11, 2006 at 12:33:24 PM PDT

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