You are viewing an obsolete version of the DU website which is no longer supported by the Administrators. Visit The New DU.
Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login

Reply #106: I agree. Can't we scout around and find *somebody* with integrity... [View All]

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010) Donate to DU
puebloknot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-14-08 03:51 PM
Response to Reply #73
106. I agree. Can't we scout around and find *somebody* with integrity... 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.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top

Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010) Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators

Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC