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    will maintain us as a pemanent minority.  I agree, we need to seize the moral high ground, but you also have to have someone else on your side who is willing and more than able to break some political kneecaps.  That's human nature.

    This is not India under the Brits, nor is it South Africa under apartheid.  Your idelaism is admirable, but your historical analogies are misapplied.  To believers, Jesus' victory was not temporal but spiritual  His followers, under Constantine, were anything but non-violent.  They were ruthless and murderous.

    We won't be murderous, but we will be figuratively violent in attacking their frames and failures is were are going to be effective in restoring justice, equality and civil rights.

    The Bhagavad Gita has a wonderful tale in it of, I think it was Arvedui, who had great misgivings in going to war.  Go toi war, the gods told him, for it is the natural order, and all is well in the end.  The tale captures something essential about human nature:  we are violent animals.  That's not all we are, but to deny the aggression in human nature is folloy, and self-deceit.  So let us use our aggression to good ends.  This culture war is real, though not a physical war, in the bodily violent sense at least not domestically).  But we cannot be afraid to fight in order to win.

    In fact, it is precisely the Democrat's squeemishness with this elemental part of human nature that leads many Americans to instinctively distrust us.  Bush is a simple minded, ruthless sonofabitch.  And that's why his followers like him, and trust him with their security.  And that in part is why the gay marriage issue is not completely about man-on-man sex, but about the stereotype of the Deomcratic party as unmanned, and unable to be aggressive in the service of security.

    I admire your spirit.  But you are badly mistaken in your political approach.

    "Make each day your masterpiece." -- John Wooden

    by Pachacutec on Fri Nov 05, 2004 at 07:10:55 PM PST

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