In “Honor” of Box Turtle Ben

Two things differentiate me and BTB. One: I’m stating outright that most of this comes from another source [1]. Two: I actually changed a few words. 🙂

No one familiar with the history of this country can deny that covert surveillance is useful. It is necessary to investigate before prosecuting, but the line between investigating and persecuting is a very fine one and this administration has stepped over it repeatedly. Their primary achievement has been in confusing the public mind, as between internal and the external threats of extremism. We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men — not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes that were, for the moment, unpopular.

This is no time for men who oppose President Bush’s methods to keep silent, or for those who approve. We can deny our heritage and our history, but we cannot escape responsibility for the result. There is no way for a citizen of a republic to abdicate his responsibilities. As a nation we have come into our full inheritance at a tender age. We proclaim ourselves, as indeed we are, the defenders of freedom, wherever it continues to exist in the world, but we cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.

The actions of this administration have caused alarm and dismay amongst our allies abroad, and given considerable comfort to our enemies. And whose fault is that? Not really theirs. They didn’t create this situation of fear; they merely exploited it — and rather successfully. Cassius was right. “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.

Good night, and good luck.

Changes in bold. Frightening, how few changes it takes to make it current.

9 comments

Cookie jar (4.00 / 11)

by Morgan on Fri Mar 24th, 2006 at 15:04:29 PDT

Also posted on the Blogfather (4.00 / 4)

…appropriately enough, under my name (Morgan doesn’t have a dkos ID). Just thought I’d mention. 🙂

(/) Roland X
Fleeing the Chenon tyranny, the last Battleblog, Galactikos, leads a rag-tag fugitive web, on a lonely quest; a shining concept, known as Truth.

by Roland X on Fri Mar 24th, 2006 at 15:16:51 PDT

Somebody remind me (4.00 / 2)

who “Box Turtle Ben” is? I’ve seen multiple diaries referring to him without explanation!

by Elizabeth D on Fri Mar 24th, 2006 at 18:44:44 PDT

Box Turtle Ben… (4.00 / 3)

is Ben Domenech, co-founder of RedState (I think..the Kos wannabe). Recently hired to do a blog for the Washington Post. First went after for previous racist comments, proof of massive copying for articles came shortly after that.

Named BTB because he wrote a legendary speech for Sen Coryn (I believe) that compared homosexuality to relations with Box Turtles. Picked up by Daily Show for one particularly hilarious segment.

I find it more comforting to think that this life is more than just a test.

by Karmakin on Fri Mar 24th, 2006 at 18:53:35 PDT

ahhh (4.00 / 2)

now I remember. Thanks!  🙂

by Elizabeth D on Fri Mar 24th, 2006 at 18:54:52 PDT

I always send too quickly:p (4.00 / 3)

I watched V for Vendetta and Good Night, and Good Luck back to back last Saturday.

You’d be surprised how much the feeling of those movies wrap together into one another.

I find it more comforting to think that this life is more than just a test.

by Karmakin on Fri Mar 24th, 2006 at 18:59:30 PDT

We almost did that (4.00 / 3)

We went to V for Vendetta on Friday night (gotta love IMAX!) and then watched a rented DVD of GNaGL on Sunday, then again with the commentary on Tuesday. We felt we needed the break between the two.

Loved them both!

“People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.”
“Ideas are bulletproof.” –V

by Morgan on Fri Mar 24th, 2006 at 19:10:08 PDT

Ben’s brief job (4.00 / 3)

Recently hired to do a blog for the Washington Post.

And fired after about 48 hours, when the blogosphere pointed out what a blatant plagiarist he is, including plagiarizing the Washington Post! 🙂

by Morgan on Fri Mar 24th, 2006 at 19:12:14 PDT

Technically, he resigned (4.00 / 3)

Probably to avoid being fired. But we can at least allow him that little scrap of what’s left of his dignity.

Michael

by musing85 on Fri Mar 24th, 2006 at 20:50:33 PDT

[1] Link was to http://www.honors.umd.edu/HONR269J/archive/Murrow540309.html

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