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    Exclamation So close.. so unbelievably close, and still nothing is done.

    4 small changes were made to this text. Read it, then click the link at the bottom to see the original.

    "What no one seemed to notice," said a colleague of mine, a philologist, "was the ever widening gap, after September 11, between the government and the people....

    "What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could not understand it, it could not be released because of national security. And their sense of identification with President Bush, their trust in him, made it easier to widen this gap and reassured those who would otherwise have worried about it.

    "This separation of government from people, this widening of the gap, took place so gradually and so insensibly, each step disguised (perhaps not even intentionally) as a temporary emergency measure or associated with true patriotic allegiance or with real social purposes. And all the crises and reforms (real reforms, too) so occupied the people that they did not see the slow motion underneath, of the whole process of government growing remoter and remoter....

    "To live in this process is absolutely not to be able to notice itplease try to believe meunless one has a much greater degree of political awareness, acuity, than most of us had ever had occasion to develop. Each step was so small, so inconsequential, so well explained or, on occasion, regretted, that, unless one were detached from the whole process from the beginning, unless one understood what the whole thing was in principle, what all these little measures that no patriotic American could resent must some day lead to, one no more saw it developing from day to day than a farmer in his field sees the corn growing. One day it is over his head.
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    Default Re: So close.. so unbelievably close, and still nothing is done.

    Classic. I've read the original before somewhere, can't remember where.

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    Default Re: So close.. so unbelievably close, and still nothing is done.

    You know, it's amazing the amount of people merely reading and not commenting on this stuff
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    Default Re: So close.. so unbelievably close, and still nothing is done.

    Well I read to get the info and to read the comments. Some of the best back and forths are in here, not the gossip forums. I don't post b/c I don't think I'm truly educated enough in most of the subjects to engage in the debates.

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    Default Re: So close.. so unbelievably close, and still nothing is done.

    And most of the time, something I want to say has been said already. Or, I don't feel I have anything to add to the discussion at that particular moment.

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