Over the last few months, thenation.com has made an effort to foster a robust and thoughtful comments section befitting the mighty intelligence of our readership. We’re pleased to report that the shoe ads are gone, the name-calling is at a minimum and astute and witty commentary is on the rise.
Here are our favorite comments from the last week. Let us know what you think — in the comments!
Sally Ann: “Class warfare? Yes! Everyone who makes $50K or less a year, let’s pick a day and not go to work or purchase one single thing. This is what democracy looks like.”
In reponse to John Nichols’s "Poor Little Rich ‘Class Warfare’ Victims." September 19, 2011
Tagtron: “Being against the Death Penalty is a bit like supporting Free Speech. You have to maintain your position even when it’s something that’s said which you find repugnant, or when it’s a heinous, depraved crime, which you find personally revolting and hateful. The irony in the US, of course, is that so many ‘right to lifers’ are pro-death penalty.”
In response to Greg Mitchell’s "The Other Execution Tonight – the Man Who Dragged James Byrd Jr. to His Death." September 21, 2011
Shermanr: “The death penalty isn’t justice, it’s vengeance. I don’t know if Troy Davis was guilty or innocent but the fact that the USA is the only western/industrialized nation that still employs this barbaric custom is a terrible shame. Now before you all respond by saying that I’ve never been the victim of a violent crime or lost anyone to a violent crime therefore I can’t know what I’m talking about, my husband was murdered 21 years ago this coming Sunday. I didn’t believe in (or want) the death penalty then and I think we should abolish it now.”
In response to Nation Editors’s "The Killing of Troy Davis." September 21, 2011
Greenwave: “Thanks, Mr. Zirin, I live in this state and from the onset Mr. Davis’ fate was sealed. Georgia’s killing of innocents has long been common knowledge. As a child, I had a teenage neighbor who was accused of raping four or five women within an hour and a half. He was 17 years old and cut lawns during the summer. He was executed shortly after he reached his 18th birthday. After his execution at least one of the women stated that her husband had forced her to claim rape. As an aside, he was walking and the rapes allegedly occurred over a two or three mile area. For the record, this happened in 1962. Things change but they remain the same. His name was George Watt.”
In response to Dave Zirin’s "Georgia Murders Troy Davis." September 21, 2011