Note Of Note of the Day: From the Associated Press’ Washington-based Assistant Chief of Bureau for photos, J. David Ake:
A protester handed President Barack Obama a note while shaking hands along a rope line in New Hampshire today. Photographer Charlie Dharapak smartly zoomed in so you can read the note for yourself.
Transcript follows for those who can’t:
Mr. President: Over 4000 peaceful protesters / have been arrested / While banksters continue / to destroy the American economy (with impunity) / You must stop the assault / on our 1st ammendment rights [sic]. / Your silence sends a message / that police brutality is ac(ceptable) / Banks got bailed out. / We got sold out.
If George Bush had taken out Osama bin Laden, wiped out al Qaeda’s leadership and gathered a treasure trove of real intelligence by a daring raid, he’d be on Mount Rushmore by now. If he’d done the equivalent on the right of universal healthcare, he’d be the second coming of Reagan. But Obama and liberals? If I hear one more gripe about single payer from someone in their fifties with a ponytail, I’ll scream.
"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Many people are using this quote to express the way they feel about the death of Osama Bin Laden. To be honest I have no great feelings about the matter one way or the other. Bin Laden was a horrible terrorist. He did horrible things. And yet his view of the US is shared, on a much smaller magnitude, by a small but significant percentage of the population. Is what he did right? No. Is what we did right? I don’t know.
I do know that this hasn’t solved our problems. Bin Laden is only one symptom of the larger problems in the world, and you can’t cure the disease by treating the symptoms.
God rot Osama Bin Laden. God rest all those who strive for justice, peace and understand. God help us all to become one of that number.
ETA: As deplorable as this cycle of violence is, if this will keep Obama in the White House for another four years I’ll drink to it. I suppose that’s my only strong feeling about the matter.