March 9th, 2003


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Interesting article:

highlights (some quoted outright, some paraphrased):

Alice Walker, author of "The Color Purple" arrested with 26 others in a DC anti-war march.

Actress Janeane Garofalo has a good quote, "Silence does not equal patriotism. Obedience is not the American way." Also, Garofalo, who spoke at the rally in Malcolm X Park, said she was not sure whether such demonstrations could change the path she fears the United States is heading down but that it was important to speak out nonetheless.

Pope John Paul II said this week that he did not think war with Iraq would be legally or morally justified. He called for a peaceful solution to disarming Iraq.

However, the US is in the DMZ at this point. I'll be surprised if we don't start the main attack (as opposed to the bombing we've been doing in the south for a while now) within the next few days.
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My version of patriotism, and why I *heart* Teddy Roosevelt...

The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.
-- Theodore Roosevelt, Kansas City Star, May 7, 1918
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