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Not Responding to Guantanamo — Is “Outside My Area” an Excuse?

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5 Responses

  1. J.K. Wesley says:

    What if you think that the Bush Administration is right? Do you have a moral obligation to speak out in favor of the administration?

  2. Patrick S. O'Donnell says:

    J.K. Welsey,

    I would think those who believe ‘the Bush Administration is right’ would have a moral obligation to attend the teach-in by way of entertaining the possibility that they may be deeply and disastrously mistaken. In other words, they would have a moral obligation to patiently and thoughtfully consider the views of others in a manner this administration has contemptuously and arrogantly dismissed or ignored. We’ve heard ad nauseum the ideological political rationale proffered by the President. It’s clear that opposing views have lacked the fora and publics the President commands simply by the virtue of his office. Attend the teach-in if you support the President and then leave at the end of the day with a clear conscience if your sincere attempt to consider with an open mind the views of others you disagree with leaves you unmoved and not the least bit persuaded. (Or maybe don’t go away with a clear conscience until you’ve carefully read the relevant posts by Lederman, Levinson, Balkin, et al over at Balkinizatin).

  3. Patrick S. O'Donnell says:

    I’m sorry: J.K. Wesley

  4. Patrick S. O'Donnell says:

    whoops! (it’s a bit late, even on the west coast): Balkinization (at Blogroll on right)

  5. Diogenes says:

    They came for the Communists, and I didn’t object – For I wasn’t a Communist;

    They came for the Socialists, and I didn’t object – For I wasn’t a Socialist;

    They came for the labor leaders, and I didn’t object – For I wasn’t a labor leader;

    They came for the Jews, and I didn’t object – For I wasn’t a Jew;

    They came for the Arabs, and I didn’t object- For I wasn’t an Arab;

    Then they came for me – And there was no one left to object.