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rndmprsn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-03-05 07:20 AM
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"We Are Not Descended From Fearful Men" - Words of Wisdom, Edward R Murrow
Oh and how they completely resonate with contemporary issues...integrity/honesty and moral authority, it seems, never go out of style...i hope not.


"The line between investigating and persecuting is a very fine one and the junior Senator from Wisconsin has stepped over it repeatedly. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep into our own history and our doctrine and remember that we are not descended from fearful men, not men who feared to write, to speak, to associate, and to defend causes which were for the moment unpopular. This is no time for men who oppose Senator McCarthty's methods to keep silent. We can deny our heritage and our history, but we cannot escape responsibility for the result."

"We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it."

"A great many people think they are thinking when they are really rearranging their prejudices."

"When the politicians complain that TV turns the proceedings into a circus, it should be made clear that the circus was already there, and that TV has merely demonstrated that not all the performers are well trained."

"To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; credible we must be truthful."

"We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home."

"Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts."

"The obscure we see eventually. The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer."

"The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue."

"No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices."

"Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions."

"The politician is trained in the art of inexactitude. His words tend to be blunt or rounded, because if they have a cutting edge they may later return to wound him."

"We cannot make good news out of bad practice."

"Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn't mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar."

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