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Time for change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-10-09 04:27 PM
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200. I am very hesitant to criticize people for "losing"
Edited on Fri Jul-10-09 04:27 PM by Time for change
I've said this before, and I'll say it again: George McGovern did a much greater service for his country and humanity by protesting the Vietnam War and therefore shortening it than Nixon did in some 6 years as President of the United States. Could McGovern have chosen a better political strategy? Could he have stood a chance of winning the 1972 election if he had gone along with the flow? In retrospect we know that he ran a losing campaign. I don't know that it was winnable, given the forces arrayed against him. It may be that most heroic actions in the end serve little purpose, in that they are unsuccessful. But if only a minute fraction of heroic actions are successful, then perhaps that is the way that society advances.

Nobody, and certainly not Cynthia McKinney, has all the answers. But in speaking truth to power, though she herself does not win, she sets an example and makes it easier for the next person to do the same. At some point a tipping point is reached, and then we get real change. But without individual heroic actions we will never get there. At least, that's the way I look at it.
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