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““The real damage is done by those millions who want to ’survive.’ The honest men who just want to be left in peace. Those who don’t want their little lives disturbed by anything bigger than themselves. Those with no sides and no causes. Those who won’t take measure of their own strength, for fear of antagonizing their own weakness. Those who don’t like to make waves or enemies. Those for whom freedom, honour, truth, and principles are only literature. Those who live small, mate small, die small. It’s the reductionist approach to life: if you keep it small, you’ll keep it under control. If you don’t make any noise, the bogeyman won’t find you. But it’s all an illusion, because they die too, those people who roll up their spirits into tiny little balls so as to be safe. Safe?! From what? Life is always on the edge of death; narrow streets lead to the same place as wide avenues, and a little candle burns itself out just like a flaming torch does. I choose my own way to burn.””     Sophie Scholl

October 1, 2008

Quote Of The Day 2 — Nobody Cares What You Think

by Brad Warbiany

Yes, Doug already posted one quote of the day, and I’d usually want to push this one off until tomorrow. But this one from Tim Cavanaugh at Reason is just too good.

The topic is the bailout. The implications are far wider:

The bright spot in the bailout argument is that the public—as it does with so much of what the government provides these days—seems to be spurning the offer. But if one pattern has become well established in 2008 economics, it’s that nobody who matters cares what the public wants.

(emphasis added)

That’s the general rule of politics these days, and what everyone in this country seems to be missing. You can call your congressmen, you can vote, you can do whatever you desire. But regardless of what you do, the show will go on. There’s far too much power and money at stake for them to care what you think.

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  1. Sadly, it is all too true.

    Comment by Emily — October 1, 2008 @ 10:28 am
  2. Actually, I give a little, tiny bit of credit to the House GOP. They actually responded to the public pressure. It was just a token effort, as I’m sure they’ll pass something big before too long, but at least they’re pretending. The rest of them just parade on tv insisting that we’re just too dumb to understand that the bill is for our own good.

    Comment by Jeff Molby — October 1, 2008 @ 2:33 pm
  3. Don’t think they even read the emails. Got canned responses from all my representatives, both Democrat and Republican.

    Comment by VRB — October 1, 2008 @ 4:00 pm
  4. Don’t think they even read the emails. Got canned responses from all my representatives, both Democrat and Republican.

    Of course. Personally, I’d be thrilled if we could glue every rep to his email client, but the sad truth is that most of the public expects the reps to pass laws to “fix” “problems”. With that in mind, it’s no surprised that there is a sorting and filtering process applied to emails.

    So yeah, it doesn’t matter how eloquent your letter is, so long as you make sure they know to place it in the “Don’t you dare vote yes!” pile.

    Comment by Jeff Molby — October 1, 2008 @ 6:11 pm

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