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Win at all costs
Written by Bill Moushey Feedback
A question of civil rights

Friday, December 11, 1998

The series "Win at all Costs" by Bill Moushey was timely and important. Here in San Luis Obispo, Calif., we have a local radio station, KVEC, which features a local host, Dave Congalton, from 10:00am till noon each day. Just last week our local ACLU representative was on the air with Dave and they were doing a show about the erosion of our civil rights, and how the U.S. Supreme Court has been creating law, and virtually rubber-stamping anything that any law enforcement entity wishes to put forth.

It was heartening to hear a number of people from the community call in and support the ACLU position. But, as usual, there were those folks who I do not know how to categorize, who are so cocksure, so arrogant, so uninformed, so??????, who just love to announce to all who will listen that they don't have anything to hide, and so they don't care if their cars are searched, or their homes are searched, or their phones are tapped, or any other damn thing the government dreams up.

Each time I hear this ignorance, I am reminded of "First they came for the Jews, and I did not object, because I was not a Jew." And unfortunately because those who invoke that quote often do so in relation to the drug wars, it is certainly offensive to the Jews who suffered such horrendous offenses and had done no wrong.

But it is the heart of your series. For, although the Jews had not done anything which might justify what was done to them, the masses of citizens somehow felt that it was ok to destroy this race of people. The government convinced the masses that a single people deserved destruction.

And so my question is, and has been for more than thirty years, how can we stop them?

You did as well as anyone could do this morning on the Today Show. I thought you showed appropriate intolerance for the government talking head. Yet your thoughtful, well-researched, rage did show. And the disdain for your work and the facts was obvious. It was simply, "We are right, you are wrong, get over it."

How can we overcome the lies, the politics, the ignorant indifference and make people care? How can we make Ethyl and Wilber understand that they really could be next?

How can we tell them that the final line of the quote is "Then they came for me..."

I am so grateful for your work. And for your newspaper which allowed this series to be published.

As for me, I wish you well. You see, when I was four years old, I knew that the emperor was naked. And to date, the rest still admire his finery.

Kathy Darden

Nipomo, CA

Editor's note: "Win at All Costs" author Bill Moushey appeared on the Today show on Dec. 1 to talk about his series.

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