i recently started getting newsletters from Orion magazine. i am almost sure i didn’t sign up for them, but if this *is* spam, it’s the best spam i’ve ever gotten. this issue featured a most wonderful article, When Compassion Becomes Dissent. it’s long, but if you have a few minutes, i do believe it would do your heart good to read it. not convinced? here’s a teaser, in which the writer talks about two recent federal documents: the “2002 National Security Strategy for the United States” and the 107th Congress’s “Patriot Act.”
Had I been invited to proofread these puffed-up rhetorical works with the same critical eye I am paid to apply to student rough drafts, I’d have been forced to tell their authors that they had composed two half-truth-telling, hypocrisy-laden pieces of sociopathic cant and that they should throw them away and start over. Both works redefine Earth as a heavenly body whose countries and cultures the Bush administration and Congress were appointed to judge and police. Both are based on the belief that opposing Bush rhetoric is traitorous, that spying on neighbors and friends is patriotic, that fighting for our personal freedom “obstructs enhanced surveillance procedures,” that manufacturing and exporting weapons of destruction are our greatest protection against weapons of destruction, that terrorizing the citizens of other nations is the greatest safeguard against terrorist acts against our own nation, that biological health, a sustainable natural economy, and the conservation of ecosystems are beneath consideration in this time of red-white-and-blue crisis, and that a daily life of compassion and self-examination is the na�ve position of sentimentalists and weaklings.
i know not everyone who comes here shares my liberal, anti-war views, but it couldn’t hurt to take some time and read this. it probably won’t change your mind, but it might give you a slightly different perspective.
i express my sociopolitical views here without any expectation it’s going to change the world, and i respect those who hold differing views. and to those people, i say, yes, i read the opinions in support of war, and in return i hope you read some which do not support it. fair?