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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000021.txt from 2004/12

From: GrabnerWG@-----.com
Subj: Re: [kl] Happy Thanksgiving
Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2004 16:08:20 -0500

Someone wrote:

<<take what sounds like glee to BASH America and the present president of
your country in a time of war>>

I doubt that anyone takes glee in discussing situations where US (and
allied) soldiers stand in harm's way.

Secondly, leaders must ALWAYS be accountable, perhaps especially in times of
war. Many (not all) otherwise moral and upright German citizens stood mute
when Hitler was committing excesses that later outraged the entire civilized
world.

I will say right now, that I am not comfortable with many provisions of the
"Patriot Act" and I am deeply concerned that due process is refused for so
many. Once due process disappears, a police state emerges. I know that in many
ways, we are under attack from individuals with a totally different world-view
than we have.

But, shall we let them have the victory, if we voluntarily change our
freedoms and values in response?

Democracy demands that we speak out. Those that do not speak out get the
government that they deserve.

Wow....two non-clarinet posts in one day...what's happening to me?

Walter Grabner
www.clarinetXpress.com
World-class clarinet mouthpieces

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