Diagnarfl links to me on the Bush Torture Bill, which provokes a... disturbing thought:
diagnarfl: The State of the Union: Brad DeLong says of the torture bill:
This is bad. Very bad. I can't underscore how bad this is. This is our Fugitive Slave Act, our Sedition Act, our Korematsu. This is a danger to our domestic liberties and a terrifying threat to our national security--for its impact on our international standing and on our alliances may be terrible indeed.
Daniel Webster will certainly walk tonight, for nobody today can say that the Republic is rock-bottomed and copper-sheathed. But she nevertheless does stand as she stood. Things have been just as bad, and things have been almost as bad in the memory of men yet living.
And then [Brad] talks about the events of the McCarthy era. Let's hope that the Edward R. Murrow's of today are hard at work against these latest crazed fear & hate mongers.
My thought: We are the Edward R. Murrows of today. It's up to us (for some broadly construed value of "us", of course).
Though much is taken, much abides
And though we are not now that strength
Which once moved heaven and earth
That which we are, we are...