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November 16, 2006

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Disgusting. These are the so called champions of freedom. Thank god the democrats won. They are not the panacea to the country's problems, for sure, but they are a huge step in the right direction. I think Glenn Beck should prove his loyalty to the country. Assholes.

That first quote is shocking in many ways.

The second one is just funny. By the same reasoning Linc Chafeee and George Voinovich are or were also emboldening the terrorists. Not to mention Lugar who was gritting his teeth as he held that hearing after Bolton effectively trashed Nunn-Lugar.

God help us we have terrorist sympathizers everywhere in the Senate. Rupert Murdoch is positively off the rails.

Annonymous comments: "I think Glenn Beck should prove his loyalty to the country. Assholes".

Nice...God forbid someone has a different viewpoint than yours. Okay, so he's a little gruff at times and puts his foot in his mouth. But Glenn Beck for the most part tells it like it is and it resonates with a lot of people...like me. We can't ignore what's going on in the world. The radical islamists want to take over. Am I wrong?

One would assume that some of the best & most useful allies we can get in the struggle against anti-American attacks would be moderate Muslims & other Middle Easterners. Beck's call for Muslim-American democrats (and, unsurprisingly, Democrats) to somehow prove their loyalty (how? Punch out a flag burner? Buy 500 copies of John Ashcroft's CD? Allow the NSA to release their wiretapped conversations of the Congressman?)

Yes, there are many terrorists and many Muslims who want to do harm to the U.S. and its people. But it's far from a majority, though it's been on the increase since after 9/11, when only about 15% of Muslims supported Osama & al-Qaeda.

What it comes down to is that the kind of fear mongering that is encouraged by Beck & the NY Post makes us more vulnerable rather than safer. The Bush Administration seems to be belatedly waking up to the fact that part of the role of the U.S. as global superpower (And one of the more important tools in our fight against al-Qaeda) is to be a global diplomat. Why can't the right wing media wake up to that fact as well?

One more time for those who forget what it means to be an American: Dissent is not treason.

And one more time for those who have no sense of history or perspective: The vast majority of Muslims are not terrorists or terrorist sympathizers, just as the vast majority of conservatives don't endorse sending threatening powder filled letters to congresspeople and the so-called "Liberal Media".

Perspective is the only thing that will help us fix the cock-up that has been called The War on Terror.

Goodfella,

Ellison is an elected member of the US Congress, not an Islamic radical.

I know it's tempting to paint the world with a broad brush, but you have to get over this "us versus them", "you're either with me or against me" approach to the world. It enables pundits like Beck, O'Reilly, etc. to play your emotions like a fiddle. (Not to mention Rove, et al.)

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