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Progressives are guilty. Gaza carnage is repeating and we here  are guilty.  Live with it. Not a good feeling, right?
SOBs are not guilty; they can sleep  good every day. From the start they proclaimed their allegiance  to rich and powerful, their  service to  the elites and their  unlimited conformity to anything.  Whatever they called  that- realism, rationalism, conservatism, - all of that is just smoke in the mirrors.  Spiritual comfort  is their God and  they  deserve their   beauty sleep. Not us.

Carl Jaspers  defines four types of guilt:

1. Criminal guilt- the guilt coming from the violation of the formal criminal laws
2. Political guilt - the belonging to the state which  commits crimes against people.
3. Moral guilt - the responsibility before your own conscience.
4. Metaphysical guilt l- feeling responsible not only for your own  behavior but for  the behavior of the others.

Empathy is the primary feature of any progressive- the feeling of connection with other people.  We failed them, not for the first time and not for the last.

In the Y2009 when Obama  was baptized as a President right after the Gaza carnage of which he said and did  nothing- we did not challenge him. We did not even define it as a carnage. We  did not identify that at that time both in Israel and in Gaza there were people who wanted to start common commissions  which could  work on both sides and prevent  something like that  from happening. We did not support the honest people and we are guilty.

Some people say that we  have no power. Of course, most of us  are just  couch warriors. But we could and we should have supported   those  among us who tried to do something; we could  push Cindy Sheehan to  become a national figure, we could  insist that  no matter how  we discuss the Middle East it  should be  starting with the destructive  role of the US, we should acknowledge   the #2- political guilt of the society which uses the  poisonous fruit of unlawful activity of its own government, we should  try to atone.  As  we did not- we are guilty.



We  are so nice, dear progressives. Every our  statement we start with, 'I am not...' I am not a socialist,  I am not a supporter of  extreme, I am not  against the free- market. I am not against the religion.. What are you for, brother? Does not any off us feel that  by  stating our helplessness  we in fact join those who do carnage? That's #4 and we are very much guilty.

 How do we speak to our conscience? I did not do that  and I did not do this? I am  trying to be fair and balanced: dead people are there, not here and I am not responsible?  You are very much responsible, brother.  The Bell tolls for thee.
If  through those  4 years we had pushed Obama to devise a Gaza- Israel dialogue, to push for it in force under the strict statement that NEVER AGAIN there is any carnage, if  that dialogue would state unequivocally that Gazans and Israelis were equal in our eyes- then  maybe  what had happened would not have happened. But we sat on our tuheses and lamented about  our own little problems- and guilty we  are.  It  is a criminal guilt  because although there is no law to punish us, there is a law we violated-  we denied our own humanity.

I am  continuing the message I  conveyed in my article ' American Guilt'

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It is your fault, brother. 'Your human relative called for you and called for you but you pretended not to hear.  Then in despair he took a gun and  then you said, "I hear  him, let's kill him." Those are the quotes  from Irvin Shaw's 'The Young Lions', the WWII Novel where an English priest reminds  the British about their humanity. Now, if that  does not convince you of  your guilt, here is a voice of true American once again like a trumpet:

'One of the practical lessons inculcated by the history that has now been
released is that no duty is more certain, none more important, than a
free and fearless expression of opinion by all persons, on all
occasions. No wise or philosophical person would think of complaining of
the diversities of sentiment it is likely to develop. Such diversities
are the vital principle of free communities and the only elements of
popular intelligence. If the right to utter them is asserted by all and
for all, tolerance is secured, and no inconvenience results. It is
probable that there were many persons in 1692 who doubted the propriety
of the proceedings at their commencement, but who were afterwards
prevailed upon to fall into the current and swell the tide. If they had
all discharged their duty to their country and their consciences by
freely and boldly uttering their disapprobation and declaring their
dissent, who can tell but the whole tragedy might have been prevented?
and if it might, the blood of the innocent may be said, in one sense, to
be upon their heads.
'


Charles W. Upham

Salem Witchcraft, Volume 2, originally published in 1867.

Popular intelligence. Duty to their country. Free communities.  Blood upon their heads. Do you hear that,  my dear folks,.  the apostles of fair and balanced approaches?  How does it  feel to be unworthy of Martha Corey and John Proctor? They risked more, oh  much more.


Acknowledge your guilt, my brother and sister- progressive and go on. Try to atone, try to compensate, feel lucky that you can.  Feel happy that you can feel guilt, remorse, anger, rage, power to change. Most people do not have that  luck; they  have no time to feel even guilty  because  they  do not  know if they get up alive tomorrow.  And if someone calls you a bleeding - heart liberal- do not hesitate  to snap back, "At least I have a heart."

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 Sorry to disturb the peace around here, brot... by Ad Du on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 at 6:54:23 PM
it will happen more and more:)... by Mark Sashine on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 at 6:59:50 PM