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  •  "consider that"..... DECENT people don't allow (2+ / 0-)
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    Johnny Nucleo, SilentBrook

    this level of injustice to continue un-challenged. Decent people are not indifferent to the suffering and struggles of others, especially the mentally challenged and handicapped. Decent people don't continue to allow the inmates to run the asylum. Decent people don't scream to high heaven about Patriotism and then turn around and want to secede from the Union because they didn't win an election.
    Decent people, what few may be left, need to start speaking up about all the injustice, and inane childish actions and stop enabling Teh StUpid to be the status quo.
    I've been stuck in Texas since '08 taking care of my mom who won't leave, and I've observed more of a descent of the population rather than the decent. It's infuriating.

    Goodbye American Dream.... http://youtu.be/ZkTIEeGX6q0

    by Fireshadow on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 06:59:46 AM PST

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    •  What someone wants to allow, in a democracy, isn't (0+ / 0-)

      up to that one person or a minority of the voters to decide.

      We can fund good Democrats. We can work for change locally.  And by the way, we've had lots of success at that in the cities:

      Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, El Paso, Austin all are blue cities and counties.   Houston has an openly lesbian mayor.  Dallas County has an openly lesbian Latina Sheriff.   That's pretty blue.  That's pretty far from the Republican standard fare of hate and bigotry.

      The Black Dallas District Attorney has released more unjustly convicted people from prison than any other place in the country that I am aware of.  And it is not because Texas convicts innocent people so out of proportion to any place else.   How could he do this?

      Because Dallas County happens to preserve evidence from cases much longer than many jurisdictions across the nation, it was possible to test DNA and determine people were wrongly convicted.  

      While many places across the nation have DA's who refuse to test old evidence or fight the admission of innocene-proving evidence, Dallas has a DA who goes out of his way to insure past convictions were just.

      Your "decent people" comment applies equally to you:  since you are a decent person, why don't you just march over to that prison and get the guy released?  Oh.  You cannot do that.  

      Well, why didn't you elect a different governor?  Oh.  You voted for someone else and lost?  Sorry.  So did I.

      Stereotyping and scapegoating is not the answer.  Especially your allies and friends.  

      "Texas" is not evil, but the people holding statewide power certainly are.   If we keep working to expand the Blue from the big cities outward, we'll see change.

      But do not condemn good people for the actions of bad people.

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 08:53:23 AM PST

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