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Conservatives Should Take the Lead Against Government Injustice

I grant your entire argument that our laws are a mess and that many injustices are done in this fashion. But when did fragility in a man become a virtue that is supposed to arouse our sympathy instead of a flaw that deserves our scorn?
FlamingLiberalMultiCulturalist Wrote: Feb 10, 2013 10:32 AM
"...when did fragility in a man become a virtue that is supposed to arouse our sympathy..."

We do not admire his fragility. We admire his creativity and his genius. We regret his fragility and instability, we decry the injustices that led him to suicide.

Yes, those injustices likely would not have been fatal against a stable person. But they are still unjust, they are still wrong, and the larger problems of which they are an example, a symptom, are no less real.
Mother of 4 -- the original Wrote: Feb 10, 2013 12:06 PM
I granted the argument about the injustices inherent in the current state of things.

I question the choice of a "poster child" case and especially the choice to play on our emotions by the use of emotionally provocative terminology whereby a serious character flaw in the victim's personality is touted as a reason to give his case extra consideration.
NewJAl Wrote: Feb 10, 2013 8:26 AM
Would I ever love to have someone hammer a paper on an important door, that says
'When you supplement poverty and indolence, you get more of both' Tacitus, circa Rome, 4th Century.
Mother of 4 -- the original Wrote: Feb 10, 2013 9:59 AM
I was thinking at an even more fundamental level that that in response to this line, "Unfortunately, that’s because the fragile young man hanged himself ...."

"Fragile" and "man" are not concepts that should ever be on speaking terms with each other.

"Fragility" is a character flaw in both men and women -- a characteristic worthy of derision. That our society is at a point where it can be used by a conservative in the expectation of arousing our pity is truly sad.
FlamingLiberalMultiCulturalist Wrote: Feb 10, 2013 10:40 AM
We do not celebrate "fragility" such as the late Mr. Swartz's. But it is often the unfortunate accompaniment to creative genius. For example, aren't you glad that, for at least a goodly portion of his life, Mr. Mozart found an indulgent nobleman and a cushy sinecure from which he could create the many works of genius that we admire to this day?

Many men (and women) are fragile, unstable, delicate, and unsuited to survival in the jungle, yet of immense potential and value to society. Mr Swartz's death is a loss & waste, and his persecution misguided just as Mr. Schlichter ably describes.
Barbara1247 Wrote: Feb 10, 2013 10:50 AM
However "flawed" this man's character, he still did not deserve the treatment he received at the hands of our government.

If you think a twenty-something ought to be tossed in federal prison for 35 years because he tried to download some musty academic journal articles without permission, you are a lot things, but a conservative is not one of them.

You might be relieved to know that Aaron Swartz, one of the internet geniuses behind RSS and Reddit.com, will not be imprisoned for a third of a century. Unfortunately, that’s because the fragile young man hanged himself after the United States attorney prosecuting the case generously offered him the alternative of pleading guilty to a felony, paying a crippling fine...