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  •  Which was what (6+ / 0-)

    seemed to me to be "passive-aggressive": when you use words like "unthinkingly" and "blindly" to characterize a diary that you dismiss as a "rant" it is only natural to assume a criticism by extension of the writer's character.

    Muéstreme su identificación.

    by kestrel9000 on Wed May 05, 2010 at 02:36:42 AM PDT

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    •  I think that's a mistake. (1+ / 0-)
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      "unthinkingly" and "blindly" describe how the diary is written. Notice that they are adverbs, describing the act of writing the diary, rather than adjectives describing the diarist. Anyone who is normally thoughtful and insightful can from time to time fail to live up to that.

    •  Actually, I was wrong about (1+ / 0-)
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      those words, but still, they refer to the content of the diary, not the content of teacherken's character.

      •  that is your perception, but it isn't an accurate (2+ / 0-)
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        portrayal of how the diary came to be written, regardless of what you may think.

        You may feel that it demonstrates a lack of thought.  I thought long and hard about using the self-description, and decided it was appropriate for the set of points I wished to make.

        That you would have done it differently does not make it unthinking.

        Peace.

        do we still have a Republic and a Constitution if our elected officials will not stand up for them on our behalf?

        by teacherken on Wed May 05, 2010 at 09:13:54 AM PDT

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        •  It wasn't my perception. (0+ / 0-)

          It was RandomActsOfReason's opinion. But perception is all we have to work with, and we really can't judge anything here except what a person writes. Whether I would have done it differently is irrelevant.

        •  I can understand that this was a thought-full (1+ / 0-)
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          effort at self-description.  As a fellow teacher of The Constitution, (though not nearly as good a teacher of it as yourself! :), I find myself filled with an ever increasing appreciation for The Constitution every time I teach a new group of students about it.  

          I am so grateful that even though most of the same ideological differences existed then as they do now, the founding fathers were able to so elegantly compromise together, as statesmen, to create an operational governmental system that supported the fundamental principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence regarding our natural rights and the purpose of government.  

          And, I particularly appreciate Article 5 which IMO demonstrates their profound respect for posterity, the democratic process, and their ultimate humility even as they made their best efforts to establish their governing masterpiece.

          Listening to John McCain regarding the alleged New York bomber, I could only shake my head.  It is so sad to hear a sitting Senator, a man who could have been President, so cynically trash the fundamental principles of the body of law that he has sworn to uphold.

          FWIW, I am extremely grateful that you are so fundamentally committed to the fundamentals in our Constitution, and that you are a teacher of that Constitution.  Thank you so very much for all that you do, every day, for each of your students, Teacherken.  Your commitment to these fundamentals are helping to make our nation better, one young, critical thinking citizens at a time.

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          by bkamr on Wed May 05, 2010 at 11:52:48 PM PDT

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