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February 12, 2005

Steve Gilliard Knows What To Do

Steve Gilliard today has an excellent post/suggestion/rallying cry. It's about Social Security specifically, but is true for almost any issue. If anyone reading this participates in his editorial-writing contest, I'd love it if you cc me when you send it to him.

UPDATE: Thanks to Suzanne G. for forwarding me her excellent op-ed. I'll link to it here when it gets picked up for publication. If anyone else is working on something—and you should be!—I'm eager to see it.

(Via There Is No Crisis.)

Posted at February 12, 2005 02:38 PM | TrackBack

Wait - Christopher Hitchens has a mistress? Wonder what condition HER armpits are in…

Posted by: mk at February 12, 2005 06:42 PM

Actually, all kidding aside, his closing words are excellent advice we should all follow:

We need to fight these people, every day, and no one else, not the Congress, not Howard Dean can do it for us. We have to confront them, and stop them. It is up to us, not someone else.

Posted by: mk at February 12, 2005 06:48 PM

This is a recurring rallying cry (and a good one), with a few problems. The first being newspapers cynically confuse presenting both "sides" of an issue with objectivity. After the wingnuts got their little war, a survey of editors around the nation mentioned on Poynter showed overwhelming opposition to it from readers. They had to ask for pro-war letters in order to keep it fair'n'balanced®.

The second is that to wingnuts, public disgrace is a point of pride -- martyrdom -- and "emotional logic" trumps common sense. Their pundits ride what would be humiliation to anyone else to new career heights.

Posted by: Harry at February 12, 2005 09:06 PM

If nothing else, I did learn some US naval history through STeve G.'s idea. I agree that the editorial has already been written by Jon in earlier posts here and you should go ahead and submit! The pigeon post has been seen at various other blogs already, so maybe an earlier one like the one introducing your pamphlet HOSS (when is the actual pamphlet coming out? We could issue it anonymously like the Patriots of old!).

Posted by: Anna in Cairo at February 13, 2005 05:44 AM