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H2O Man

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Wed Sep 27, 2023, 02:28 PM Sep 2023

Waves [View all]

" It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice. He sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest wall of oppression and resistance."
-- Senator Robert F. Kennedy; South Africa; June 6, 1966,


There are a number of interesting OP/threads on DU that I've read in the last 24 hours. These have included people's thoughts on things ranging from Cassidy Hutchinson to the summary judgment of Judge Arthur Engoron in the defendent's NYS case. As an old man who enjoys sitting at his pond, I recognize ripples when I see them.

Ms. Hutchinson is younger than my youngest daughter. The context of her life helped form her into what she self-describes as a Romney republican. Her talents got her a job and relatively rapid promotions in the defendent's administration. Her values made her recognize the horrors of the attempt to overturn the 2020 election with violence. Her courage eventually resulted in her telling the truth.

All of that made her, in most people's opinion, the most important witness in the J6 Committee's hearings. As an American, it is good that she -- and Liz Cheney -- stepped up to the plate. Both made ripples. But we should not drink the Ripple wine that could result in our mistaking either for heroes in our Democratic Party.

The summary judgment is another ripple. Though not the "end-all," it is good to read te judge noting the "fraudulent valuations" and "false and misleading square footage" by the defendent and his boys. More, the judge had said in court, "When I first heard those arguments, I thought that was a joke."

He had ruled on some of the defendent's lawyers positions before, and warned them not to continue to raise them. "As a lawyer, I have to make the arguments," one of the defendent's lawyers responded. "The rule on sanctions is if you've been warned, don't do it. You were warned," Engoron said. More ripples.

Now, none of these ripples alone will bring down the defendent, nor result in his going broke. But it is okay to think of John D. Rockefeller giving out dimes , after an anti-trust case, to try to look like a nice old man focusing on charity. Will the defendent start handing out dimes at his rallies? Perhaps try to copy Abbie Hoffman by throwing pennies to the NYS Stock Exchange? Would that qualify as counter-ripples?

Likewise, as the ripples begin to accumulate into waves, and the defendent's freak show gathers steam, people should feel free to ask questions about these and other topics. The only stupid question, as Malcolm X noted, is the one that remains unasked. At its best, DU is a place where we are all students and all teachers.

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Waves [View all] H2O Man Sep 2023 OP
DURec leftstreet Sep 2023 #1
Right!!!!! H2O Man Sep 2023 #4
Kicking. MontanaMama Sep 2023 #2
Thank you! H2O Man Sep 2023 #5
I wonder if folks are reminding themselves these are Democratic voices here bigtree Sep 2023 #3
Right. H2O Man Sep 2023 #6
I think they're both profiles in courage. ShazzieB Sep 2023 #14
Very interesting! H2O Man Sep 2023 #16
Thank you for this very thoughtful reply! ShazzieB Sep 2023 #26
The defendent & fiends H2O Man Sep 2023 #27
I had no idea that the indicted felon actually managed to keep Dr.Bandy out of the media! ShazzieB Sep 2023 #28
Truly an "American Beauty" No-Respect-In-TN Sep 2023 #7
I have a friend H2O Man Sep 2023 #17
KnR. n/t iluvtennis Sep 2023 #8
Thanks! H2O Man Sep 2023 #18
K&R 2naSalit Sep 2023 #9
Thank you! H2O Man Sep 2023 #19
To extend this analogy - I think Cassidy Hutchinson was a rock that broke the flow erronis Sep 2023 #10
This x 1000! ShazzieB Sep 2023 #15
Well said. H2O Man Sep 2023 #20
Now they need to ask would they support him etc., at the next debate, or it's fake, K&R, n/t MartyTheGreek Sep 2023 #11
Right. H2O Man Sep 2023 #21
K&R n/t OneGrassRoot Sep 2023 #12
Thanks! H2O Man Sep 2023 #22
Beautiful quote from RFK DeeDeeNY Sep 2023 #13
It is considered H2O Man Sep 2023 #23
The best kind of waves will resonate and amplify Martin Eden Sep 2023 #24
I think so, too. H2O Man Sep 2023 #25
🐝. KnR Hekate Sep 2023 #29
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