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puebloknot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-14-08 03:51 PM
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106. I agree. Can't we scout around and find *somebody* with integrity...
...in this huge nation, to serve as our public servants at the highest level?

Gender diversity won't save us. Last night, I watched on C-SPAN a hearing of some committee of the British Parliament debating a new bill which would "Patriot Act" England even further by asking for longer periods of detention without charge for terrorist suspects. The person leading the charge *for* this reduction in civil rights was a *woman*. A *man* resigned his position in the House of Commons in protest over the passage of the bill. Seems they have the same collection of sheep for a "Congress" over there that we have over here.

The most difficult thing to overcome in saving the nation and the planet is that those in charge are "nice folks," with families, and senses of humor, and a certain charisma that makes it hard to stand back and make stern judgments about what they're doing to the world. The Tim Russert scenario comes to mind. Being a bit Irish, myself, he has always looked like someone I'd like to sit next to at a Riverdance performanance. Who could not love that roguish smile of his? But in fact, in my opinion, he made a mockery of the primary debate he presided over, in which he asked Kucinich a question about UFOs, and was blatantly preferential in whom he chose to allow to speak.

That old saw about the scientific community seems apt with regard to the passing of Tim Russert: "Sciene (Journalism) advances funeral by funeral." And yet, in watching the adulation toward Tim Russert on televsion yesterday, I admit I teared up a bit when I saw him with his son and his father, and observed the grief of those who worked with him. Thus is the power of the media to shape our thoughts and emotions. Thus is the humanity in most of us which makes it hard to pass *mature* judgment on someone who was such a nice guy that we'll just not talk about the harm he brought to the country, in his "Hail fellow, well met" kind of way.
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