Thursday, April 12, 2007

Maven's Musings First Birthday

A year ago I started writing on my Yahoo 360 blog commenting on Myspace, Celebrity, and Tabloids. Then I posted the following quote, since the blast bubble had a character limit.

"...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 Senator McCarthy'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 the junior Senator from Wisconsin have caused alarm and dismay amongst our allies abroad, and given considerable comfort to our enemies. And whose fault is that? Not really his. He didn't create this situation of fear; he merely exploited it -- and rather successfully. Cassius was right. "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves." - Edward R. Murrow

See it Now (CBS-TV, March 9, 1954)

"A Report on Senator Joseph R. McCarthy"

Then I ranted against Reverand Phelps and praised the Patriot Guard Riders who were blocking him from crashing the funerals of our fallen soldiers.

After 156 posts covering topics like adoptee rights, art, adoption, baking, celebrity, Bush, Civil Rights, Creationism, Film, Genealogy, haircolor, Iraq, death, memories, motherhood, poetry, politics, Oscars, Rabid Conservative Personalities, religion, the religious right, safe beauty products, and science I find that it is amazing that I still find so many things are left to talk about.

I have met some interesting people and have changed my hair color twice.

I am still a proud liberal.

Thank you all for stopping by and here's hoping I can continue to entertain you and plant seeds of doubt, reason, humor, wisdom, and random beauty.

We can master change not though force or fear, but only

though the free work of an understanding mind, though

an openness to new knowledge and fresh outlooks, which

can only strengthen the most fragile and most powerful

of human gifts: the gift of reason.

Robert F. Kennedy, Johannesburg, South Africa

June 8,1966

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