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In the summer of 1971 I was an intern for Ted in his Senate office.  I was there for the vote that killed the SST.  A few of you here may remember that, for those who don’t, it doesn’t really matter.

Every Friday after work we would have a softball game against other Senator’s offices.  I don’t remember any of the other Senators showing up, but Ted was there more often than not.

On numerous occasions he would invite us out to his home in Virginia for a summer barbecue.  He treated all of us the same, Senators and interns alike.

I learned more from him than anyone else excepting my father that “nobless oblige” was not an arrogant toleration of the “rabble,” but a genuine respect for each human being as a “fellow traveler.”

My heart is broken in a way it hasn’t been for a pubic figure since the loss of Bobby and Martin in ’68.  I know I’ll recover, and I hope somehow the US will find its way out of its current catastrophic meltdown without Ted’s input.

It’s just hard for me to imagine how..

This is my simple video tribute to the last politician in the US that I considered a true statesman, who also happened to be my friend.

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H.L. Menkin

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

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Right-wingers are always eager to dismiss the existence — and the threat — of far-right extremists | Crooks and Liars

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Should Obama fail to deliver serious reform because his administration treats the pharmaceutical and insurance industries as deferentially as it has the banks, that would be shameful. Should he fail because he in any way catered to a decimated opposition party that has sunk and shrunk to its craziest common denominator, that would be ludicrous. – Frank Rich

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The “Beer Hall Putsch”

The latest of just about every columnist to weigh in on the current situation.  Read it HERE.

The central focus of the piece is about all the smoldering violence of the lunatic right.  Showing up at town hall meetings toting assault weapons etc.  These dangerous nut cases are not only being praised as “patriots” by the cable news bloviators, they are being praised by Republican members of the House and Senate.

Why don’t they just put on “brown shirts” already?  Destroying a dying liberal democracy with self righteous violence was what was attempted in Germany at the Beer Hall Putsch.”  Though the Putsch failed, it set the stage for Hitler’s rise to prominence and his later election to chancellor.   Of course, that election was the end of democracy in Germany.

It was the weakness of the democratic leaders in Germany that allowed Hitler to destroy the system.  Part of the weakness came from the leaders themselves but a large part was brought about through the underlying threat of violence that the putsch represented.

It’s time that the centrists in the US realize what they are up against.  Violence or threats of violence should be  immediately stomped out.  If need be, laws against “incitement” should be enforced against news organizations and politicians who justify it.  This is just too damned dangerous to shrug off.

Obama could and should use his office as a Bully Pulpit to rally the people against this outbreak of intolerance, ignorance and violence.  No more bi-partisan appeasement.  Stomp these bastards into the ground before it’s too late.

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The reluctant blogger is reluctantly back…

I had hoped the election of Obama would have ended the need for me to keep “putting in my oar.”

Sadly, it’s even worse than under Bush.  At least then we KNEW who the enemy was.  Does anyone out there feel for sure that anyone in power is on the side of the people?

I don’t know how long I’ll keep writing here.  I’m in the middle of writing a  book about the place of man in the universe.  If you’re interested, check out the prologue at: http://josephwouk.wordpress.com/prologue/

I’m not going to write a real article tonight.  It’s late and I’ll do better in the morning.  I just wanted to speak my mind to anyone who might happen to read this.

We have to get serious.  Truly everything appears to be at stake.

Joe

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