Sunday, April 24, 2005

Whistling Past The Graveyard 

little_conostoga_road Highlighting lambert's post from yesterday on David Broder's "Roll Over And Die" message to Dems on the filibuster issue, with this post of farmer's in mind, and tying it all in with lambert's post last week on the "Soldiers for Christ" cover stories in Harper's, I give you this quote, from "Feeling the hate with the National Religious Broadcasters" by Chris Hedges, the second of the two Harper's pieces:
"Then as now, Adams said, too many liberals failed to understand the power and allure of evil, and when the radical Christians came, these people would undoubtedly play by the old, polite rules of democracy long after those in power had begun to dismantle the democratic state. Adams had watched German academics fall silent or conform. He knew how desperately people wanted to believe the comfortable lies told them by totalitarian movements, how easily those lies lull moderates into passivity...
Homosexuals and lesbians, Adams said, would be the first "deviants" singled out by the Christian right. We would be the next."
And now the quote that prompted this post, from Broder himself:
"Instead of sending a message that they do not trust their Republican colleagues' judgment -- and therefore feel justified in preventing a vote -- the Democrats would be saying to their colleagues and the country: We trust you to take your "advise and consent" duties seriously.
And they should feel such trust. The balance of power in the Senate is not in a right-wing cabal; it is in the moderate center."
Of course it is.

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