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April 10, 2004

The citizenry at its finest

From Charles Pierce, in Eric Alterman's April 9 Altercation:

The truly great thing about these 9/11 hearings remains the towering moral witness of the 9/11 widows—and shame on Bob (Coiffure By Vespasian Of The Appian Way) Kerrey for shushing them. They are doing more than standing up for their loved ones, and that surely would have been enough. They are glorious in their casual disdain for the "Intelligence Community." They are blissfully unimpressed by the Great Men who presume to tell them what the Great Men decide they should know. They leave the pundits gaping at their heedless disregard for the Governing Class. Almost alone, they have insisted that information be brought to light that will enable us to judge our leaders and hold them to account, and that's what this whole silly experiment was supposed to be about—the "most dreaded kind of knowledge," according to that impossible old blatherskite, John Adams. God save these wonderful women. They are being citizens—in the most complete sense possible—for the rest of us.
Posted by Brenden at April 10, 2004 10:57 AM


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