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!
cka2nd: "Thank you for another interesting column on the death penalty, Mr. Mitchell.
‘…suggesting that prison staffers be allowed to refuse to take part in the death process.’
It will be interesting to see who on the religious right, which has been pushing for the "Right of Conscience" for anti-contraception and anti-abortion pharmacists and medical personnel, supports this right of refusal or not. I actually think the Catholic Church could and will get on board, but I wouldn’t hold my breath for too many of the evangelicals and fundamentalists."
In response to Greg Mitchell’s Wardens Who Protested Troy Davis’s Execution: A Rare Breed. September 24, 2011
J85250: "I think the core of her argument (America is still a very racist country) is sound but the extrapolation (liberals are unhappy with Obama because of residual racism) is not.
I voted for Obama and I will almost certainly vote for him again, just as I did for Bill Clinton. However, I am also deeply disappointed in Obama’s consistent tacking right when he should have tacked left. The continuity of US policy between Bush and Obama, particularly in the areas of the economy and defense is rather remarkable and what it shows is that our government maintains an illusion of democracy while simultaneously presenting voters with two allegedly diametrically opposed choices.
Nonetheless, America remains a very racist country and the criticism from large sections of the right is clearly and undeniably racist, particularly such memes as "he" is using "our" plane, spending "our" money. etc.
I recently moved back to the US after living overseas for many years and I now reside in a red state (for the first time). I have been absolutely shocked by the level of racism in this state. In California or New York, racism is present but kept in the shadows. Here in red state America, it’s blatant and frequently vocalized.
Although I think the author is over-reaching in her analysis (there are countless perfectly valid reasons for liberals to be disenchanted with the President), the fact that pieces like this engender such fury supports her core argument."
In response to Melissa Harris-Perry’s The Epistemology of Race Talk. September 26, 2011.