Do-nothing good men

Wednesday, 3 January 2007

Follow up to Gerald Ford died like he lived.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Anonymous (often erroneously attributed to Edmund Burke)

Part of the rhetoric of the Right is that one who refuses to address grave threats to America is a sort of traitor. That you cannot eat your cake and still have it, freedom-wise. The best propaganda is like that. Something completely true wrapping something odiously false.

Any American unwilling to defend America probably should be considered a traitor. Any American who believes that there is any substantial threat to America contained outside Washington, D.C., however, has swallowed a large hook hidden in an attractive piece of bait.

Oh, you think a smattering of stinking religious fanatics actually represents a threat to the United States? That they could hurt us? You mean like causing 25-120 times as much destruction as the attacks of September 2001? That’s how much the Iraq adventure has cost just so far. We could have rebuilt the towers where there is still a hole in the ground at least 25 times for the same money. Maybe 100 times. Four new towers for every single state in the Union. Oh, you mean loss of life? As of last month the Iraq adventure has officially cost more lives and that’s not even counting the 25,000 wounded. No one is hurting America but Americans.

When I was a kid I had a quote a day calendar that contained this: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” I liked it. Tore it out and tacked it up for a couple of years. But there is a problem with it I couldn’t see as a boy. It describes a contradiction.

When a good person does nothing, he ceases to be a good person.

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