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Comprehensive immigration reform could go down as one of the most overlooked, overdue priorities Washington has ever let slide. But whatever Republicans might want to tell themselves, it’s not just immigrants who care about it. “Sorry about your childhood, but don’t come back until we lose a few more elections” is not a serious policy.... Read more»

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Feb 27, 2013, 9:45 am
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Sure, why should Grijalva push for people being held accountable? It is because of the left’s constant “nothing to see here, move on” attitude that got him reelected twice after calling for a boycott of our state? So, naturally, Grijalva wants to do everything he can to encourage an accountability-free culture so that he and his local political machine can continue to fleece this community out of millions of dollars without ever having to answer for it.

This guy makes me sick. When is his district going to stop being so horribly stupid and see this puke for what he actually is? Has this guy EVER had a private-sector job in his life?

Mar 1, 2013, 11:48 am
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an essay by John Daniel Barry
THERE was a literary man that I used to walk along the street with. He had a large number of acquaintances. Often, apparently for no reason, he would become excited and he would frown and turn his head away. For a few moments there would be silence. Then he would speak with bitterness of someone we had just passed, someone he hated and refused to speak to. In every instance he would tell me something discreditable about the person, something that made it impossible for him to keep his peace of mind. In most of those instances he had known the people very well and, as a result of their misbehavior, he had cast them off. The sight of them seemed to arouse in him a flood of bitter memories. Sometimes he would tell me how much he hated this person or that. Once I ventured to say to him: “Don’t you find it very uncomfortable to hate so many people?” He looked at me with surprise and resentment. “Of course I don’t,” he said. Then he went on with noble indignation: “Do you suppose that I am going to have anything to do with people I despise? There are plenty of decent people in the world and I prefer to know them.” I did not pursue the inquiry. But I wondered why he did not stop to consider the distressing effect of his hating on himself.

Hating is always distressing. And yet so many of us hate bitterly. We often boast of being good haters. It is as if we were to boast of being good dipsomaniacs, or good drug fiends, or good disturbers of our own peace. Indeed, hating is so painful that it may reach a point where even the haters see its folly and, for the sake of protecting themselves, take measures either to modify or to stop their hating. “I got into such a state of mind over that thing,” said a friend to me the other day, after telling of an unpleasant complication that he had been involved in with a business partner, “that I found I was making myself sick. I was ready to do my partner personal violence. So I decided to put the whole thing out of my mind. It was easier to let myself be done up in that particular transaction than to go on nursing that miserable feeling. Besides, I saw that my partner was feeling just about as bitter as I felt myself.” Here, it seemed to me, was a particularly interesting situation. “How did your partner feel after you called the thing off?” My friend smiled. “Well, though he’d refused to budge an inch before, he came off his perch and offered to make a compromise. So the whole thing straightened itself out.”

Shortly after I published a little fictional study designed to show the workings of hate on the mind and on the body, a reader said to me: “I have a case of hate of my own that I’d like to see what you think of.” Then he told me of a gross injustice he had been subjected to, a distressing experience that had broken out into many irritations and trials and that promised to continue the torment. “Do you wonder that I hate that man?” he asked, referring to the cause of the trouble. I certainly didn’t wonder. Under such circumstances, hating seemed to me the most natural reaction in the world. “I’ve got so now that I enjoy hating him,” he went on. “The more I hate him the more I enjoy hating him.” As he spoke the expression in his face was painful to see. It was as if he were taking a strange, distressful pleasure in prodding at an aching tooth or at sore gums. What he really enjoyed was giving himself relief from his hating by consciously expressing it in his thoughts and in his words. “But, of course, I know,” he said, “that hating doesn’t do any good to me. It does me harm. It makes me suffer. So I have to stand two things through that fellow—the thing that he did to me and the hating.” It seemed to me that he was working his case out pretty well. “Of the two things, which is worse?” I asked. Without a moment’s hesitation, he replied. “Oh, the hating.” And yet it was the hating that he could deal with, the he could, if he chose, end.


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