January 11th, 2006

good words unfortunately having meaning even today

We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men -- not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes that were, for the moment, unpopular.

This is no time for men who oppose Senator McCarthy's methods to keep silent, or for those who approve. We can deny our heritage and our history, but we cannot escape responsibility for the result. There is no way for a citizen of a republic to abdicate his responsibilities. As a nation we have come into our full inheritance at a tender age. We proclaim ourselves, as indeed we are, the defenders of freedom, wherever it continues to exist in the world, but we cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.

The actions of the junior Senator from Wisconsin have caused alarm and dismay amongst our allies abroad, and given considerable comfort to our enemies. And whose fault is that? Not really his. He didn't create this situation of fear; he merely exploited it -- and rather successfully. Cassius was right. "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves."

and on a personal note.

It comes to my attention I may have given the impression I was feeling ill to my gaming group last night when I said I did not feel like playing. I was not ill. I just was not in a dealing with people mode. Not sure why. I was litle depressed but not overly so nor was I overly tired from work. I just was not in a hang out with people mode. Nothing to worry about. I have my hermit times from time to time is all.

(no subject)

So I swing by my grandparental units place for a bit of house sitting. Water the plant. make sure the place has not burned down.

I was all ready to leave when on TCM i see The Big Sleep. It is hard for me to leave now.