June 10, 2003
pax
What kind of peace do I mean? What kind of peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children--not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women--not merely peace in our time but peace for all time.

This is how presidents (and senators, and civil rights leaders) get themselves shot. By who? Who can say? Let's take a look here - he seems to be talking sense, trying to work things out, not lying out of his ass, and seems fairly intelligent and well-spoken. Wanting to slow down the giant metal gears of war seems to be a fairly noble aim... obviously, only a lone, crazed lunatic would want to shut someone like that up.

I guess, from a security standpoint, it's safer for a president or other highly visible bureaucrat monkey to puff himself out and make the boom-boom talk. Those hippie peace-huggers seem less likely to take a potshot at someone for saying things they disagree with.

In onther news, Cafepress sucks just a little bit more for caving and pulling this store. Why is the conservative (and liberal, too, as often as not) knee-jerk reaction to something they don't approve of to bitch and wail for the elimination of that thing from the face of the planet? "Make the bad thing go away, so we don't have to know that people think things that we don't like!" Hey, news flash, kids - offensive speech falls pretty squarely under that "freedom of speech" thing that we all like so much. In my opinion, the more offensive the idea, the more important it is to make damn sure it's allowed to get out there - like the man said, "Unpopular speech is absolutely vital to the health of our nation."

(Yes, I know, Cafepress is a privately-owned business, and they can do what they like, and sell or not sell what they like, but dammit, they're an American business, and I think it's damn well about time that American businesses started acting like what they are, and stop acting like a bunch of little girls who run and puke in the corner the first time someone says something mean to them. "Yes, we sell things or show ads that some might find offensive, and if you don't like it, you can shove it right up your ass. Thanks, and have a nice day.")

(June 10, 2003 09:15 AM)
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