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I know there have been a few diaries today A B C regarding Tom Lantos, including the FP story by McJoan, but they seemed to have scrolled-off all too soon, and I thought Mr. Lantos was significant enough, that I wanted to post another diary - not for me, for him, for us...


To provide more beyond the standard AP biographical...

Tom Lantos seemed to me to be a rare politician, the type that is ever more rare and which Americans would do well to note and encourage in our democracy (just my humble opinion).  By this, I mean a man of great integrity, principled, stead-fast, possessed of humility, holder of noble values that nurture healthy societies - just to name a few...and certainly, I am not saying I agree with all of his political statements or positions,

I'm not going to write much more, and have to run off shortly, but again, wanted to provide a bit more visibility on the man.


Various points from JTA

"We lose a voice for human rights, which was in his

case unique," Elie Wiesel, the novelist whose own

writings have become icons of Holocaust remembrance,

told JTA. "He spoke always against oppression,

against persecution, against racism."

Lantos "blazed a trail in the United States Congress

fighting for education, health care, human rights,

and Israel," said JCPA, the public-policy umbrella

body for several influential national Jewish

organizations, the synagogue movements and more than

100 local Jewish communities.

In 2003 he would found the House's Human Rights


"He has been a valiant voice demanding more action

against the Darfur genocide and at the same time a

valiant leader in the fight to stop the scourge of

HIV/AIDS from devastating the developing world," AJWS

President Ruth Messinger told JTA from Uganda, where

she was touring AIDS relief projects.

Lantos was not afraid to take on his allies. (snip)

broke with pro-Israel orthodoxy by offering to meet

with the Islamic Republic's leaders.

------ Requiescat in pace, Rep. Lantos, res firma mitescere nescit -----------

Originally posted to coffeeinamrica on Mon Feb 11, 2008 at 08:54 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  He was a good, honest and decent man (5+ / 0-)

    and he'll be missed. As one of his constituents - whomever takes over after him is gonna have some big shoes to fill.

    the shane life The story of a boy alone in New York City. God help the city.

    by Shane Hensinger on Mon Feb 11, 2008 at 08:59:47 PM PST

    •  There was unconscionable antipathy on this site (5+ / 0-)

      People urging a primary fight for his sight. He was as estimable a figure as there was in the Congress. He will be missed because he is irreplaceable. It's too bad that it took his death for some Kossacks to cool off their rhetoric -- also too bad that some others took the occasion to reiterate their complaints.

      As an aside, I've felt some kinship with Rep. Lantos, as my mother was a Hungarian Jew, from the same Budapest neighborhood. Her family fled in time, and did not need Wallenberg's protection, but some of my mother's neighbors survived thanks to Wallenberg. That, however, does not influence my opinion of the character of the man, nor of his service. He was often the conscience of the Congress, even if some here might not approve of the activist policies he advocated in defense of human liberty.

      Coming Soon -- to an Internet connection near you:

      by FischFry on Mon Feb 11, 2008 at 09:24:45 PM PST

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  •  I remember he told the folks from (8+ / 0-)

    Yahoo Inc. when they appeared before the House that they were "moral pygmies" for turning dissidents in to the Chinese government.

    You have to respect a man who stood up for an almost unknown Chinese dissident and dare speak truth to the corporate CEOS .. "Look into your own soul and see the damage".

    Tom Lantos may be gone, but his work will never be forgotten.  

    "If you want to go quickly, go alone.
    If you want to go far, go together.
    We have to go far, quickly."

    by shpilk on Mon Feb 11, 2008 at 09:03:01 PM PST

    •  Good example (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Pam from Calif, slksfca, Predictor

      Of his boldness, though a position I disagreed with*,  and a good example of an item I left out for reasons related to the MCNW and Shane Hensinger spat above.


      *To me, American companies are in the business to run around the world and make money.  To have a moral conscience, yes, but in the case of China, I didn't see it as something being done to encourage bad behavior or underhandedly that the Chinese people were not well aware of about their government.  Unlike, say, Americans and Bush and ATT, MCI, et al...

      Every minute, every word you spend on parlor games, hurts real issues.

      by coffeeinamrica on Mon Feb 11, 2008 at 09:52:56 PM PST

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  •  I give him mixed reviews. (0+ / 0-)

    I refused to vote for him  in '04 and '06 after he spoke in favor of invading Iraq and removing Saddam.

    Not that he was in any danger of losing.  He usually got over 70% of the vote IIRC.

    On the other hand he was a reliable vote for most other progressive issues.

    I think he eventually realized he made a mistake about Iraq.

    He seemed like a decent enough guy compared to most of the rest of congress.

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