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The line between investigating and persecuting is a very fine one....We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof...We can deny our heritage and our history, but we cannot escape responsibility for the result...."

That was Edward R. Murrow talking about Joseph McCarthy on See It Now. Worth remembering these days, too.

And there's this one, which I hadn't encountered before, but which I just saw in the textbook I'm working with at the moment.

"Those of us who shout the loudest about Americanism...are all too frequently those who, by our own words and acts, ignore some of the basic principles of Americanism--

The right to criticize;
The right to hold unpopular beliefs;
The right to protest;
The right of independent thought.

The exercise of these rights should not cost one single American citizen his right to a livelihood nor should he be in danger of losing his reputation..."

That one was from Senator Margaret Chase Smith, in a Declaration of Conscience presented to the Senate in 1950. I'd like to read the whole thing sometime... sounds worth reflecting on.
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The only way I could be more upset at the election results is if Question 1 (repealing the state income tax) had passed. Mitt Romney? What was Massachusetts thinking?? And what happened to all that support for the clean elections law last time around? And now we have a totally Republican-controlled national government. AAAARGH. I'm more tempted than I was in July to move to Vancouver.

Then I wake up and it's gray and cold and raining.

Then I get to work and the network is down, effectively removing my ability to get much work done. (It's back now, obviously, but I wasted two and a half hours.)

I want to go back to bed. Or flee the country. Or something.


Nov. 5th, 2002 09:48 am
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Have you voted yet? If not, go do it. Now. Okay, you can wait till you get dressed. Okay, you can do it after work. But do it. There are lots of close races out there, so go express yourself.

I voted on the way to work this morning. My polling place is this little fire station on a side street -- a classic sort of place. With red-white-and-blue striped curtains on the voting booths, even.
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In the midst of all the depressing news of the day, I was glad to hear one report this morning as I lay in bed, drowsing and listening to NPR, that made me glad:

Jimmy Carter has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

I admire President Carter more than just about any public figure. He is, as someone said on the radio this morning, "a model ex-president" -- his presidency may have ranged from the unspectacular to the disastrous, depending on your opinion, but he has been a phenomenal force in his post-presidency years. Both in his own country with Habitat for Humanity and the like, and in his international mediation efforts, he seems to be continually trying to improve the world.

Cheers, Mr. President. You deserve it.


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