Each week we post a run-down of the best of our reader comments with the hopes of highlighting some of your most valuable insights and encouraging more people to join the fray. Let us know what you think—in the comments!
Chris Tucker: The systemic conservative media bias is one significant reason why Democratic candidates and officials are pressured to demonstrate how moderate or conservative friendly they are. Indeed, while all GOP presidential candidates proudly compete to be the real/most conservative, it is unthinkable that any democratic candidates would dare express pride—or defend the virtues of—being the most progressive/liberal candidate. Consequently, the radical NDAA (giving the president power to murder or indefinitely detain US citizens without due process) passed with bi-partisan support and no serious debate or vocal opponents in Congress or media.
In response to Leslie Savan’s “Sunday Talk Shows Still Skew Right and White, but There’s Light at the End of the Week.” April 20, 2012
Mary Carroll: Most of what the Koch brothers do is "legal" (all the more so since Citizens United); the problem is that what they do undermines democracy by reinforcing everything in our system that gives the wealthy and powerful a "vote" that has much more sway than yours or mine.
Most of us can’t easily boycott a Koch brothers’ pipeline or refinery (though walking, biking and public transit are helpful if you can use them), but we all use toilet paper, and Koch Industries makes Northern.Nuff said….
In response to Katrina vanden Heuvel’s “Koch Brothers Exposed.” April 23, 2012
John Breithaupt: I am a recent convert to the Catholic Church and have never regretted my decision for an instant. I joined the Church well aware that it is "semper reformanda" (always in need of reform), and I have never seen a reason to change my mind about this, either. We have problems, we Catholics.
One very large problem is the continuing effort by the male hierarchy to discount or silence the witness of the women religious in the Church. These efforts are sustained by the mistaken belief on the part of the male hierarchy that they are not the servants of the Church, but its masters.
The Church is not the hierarchy, but all its members. The Greek word for church, "ekklesia", means "a calling together"—of all believers. The word dogma is based on the Greek word "dokein", to seem; that is, a dogma is what seems to be true to the word of God to the members of the Church.
The women religious of the Church cannot be ignored or silenced without doing the Church grievous harm. To do so would not only be an injustice; it would be a sin.
In response to Norman Birnbaum’s “The Vatican’s Latest Target in the War on Women: Nuns.” April 24, 2012