October 21, 2006
Eric makes a good point here when he warns us about the ruthlessness of the right-wing machine. This reminds me of the scene in the film Dr. Zhivago as he is standing in front of the partisan tribunal asking to be set free so that he can return to his family. When some argue that he is a good man who has served the group well (even though he was impressed into their service), one voice opines that character doesn't matter and that after the conflict is over all men "will be judged politically." Kevin Tillman's heroism is of no value to these apparatchiks. His worth will be measured by how unquestioningly he will lend his support to those in power.