Friday, October 26, 2007

On civil disobedience

Chris Floyd, subbing for Glenn Greenwald, quotes a very pertinent Henry David Thoreau.
    How does it become a man to behave toward this American government to-day? I answer that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it.
-- Henry David Thoreau

A question, I imagine, that many of us are asking ourselves each and every day. Commenter Publican adds, from Mario Savio's "Speech in Sproul Plaza":
    "And that, that brings me to the second mode of civil disobedience. There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part; you can't even passively take part. And you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all."
Chris Dodd is throwing his body on the gears (and John Kerry has been doing so non-stop for years now). Watch Dodd on Meet The Press Sunday. I hear he's getting the whole hour to make his case.

Dodd's speech on the senate floor yesterday was as convincing as Hillary Clinton's comment was nothing but a fancy tap dance to avoid saying anything she might be held to in the future.

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