Thursday, March 24, 2005

See The Trees, or the Forest

Dave Johnson makes great point on his great blog Seeing The Forest on march 23rd.

"You're doing it again. You're not seeing what is really going on. You are missing the bigger picture. You are looking at trees and missing the forest. Do you really, after all this time and all these defeats, think the Right is stupid?

You mock the Republicans for blatantly acting politically, and ignore that they ARE ACTING POLITICALLY. In other words, they're acting in the way that will in the long term gain them more support for their candidates and issues."

Read the whole thing, he's right and we have to start thinking as "big picture" as they do.


Anonymous Balloon Pirate said...

Your link to See the Trees is busticated. Looks like there's an extra http in there. In other news: In the 'doing what we can when we can' department, I wrote this response to a remark in Will Femia's 'clicked' blog (a blog about blogging) on In yesterday's Clicked blog, you wrote: "Tom Maguire has the push-back I was looking for yesterday in response to Mark Kleiman picking on Bush."

Picking on? PICKING ON???? What is Bush, a buck-toothed kindergartener on the playground? He's currently the most powerful man on the planet, and he's using that power like a cudgel. It's no secret that the Busies feel it's their Holy mandate to radically change America on political, economic, and social grounds, that they have no reservations whatsoever in destroying anyone who gets in their way, and you accuse a blogger of "picking on" him.

Those words demean his dissenting voice.  It also changes you from a disspassionate observer to an active player.   Perhaps you felt it was just a flippant remark, but in these days when folks who disagree with the President are feeling ever more marginalized, and even actively persecuted, one needs to be careful with one's words.

Be careful.

Dear Brian,

6:50 AM, March 25, 2005  

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