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Jul 27, 2023Liked by Robert Reich

Thank you Robert for showing that it is still possible to show empathy across the aisle, no matter how wide it becomes.

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Thank you indeed Mr. Reich for reminding us that empathy and civility must be present even in the fiercest of political discourse.

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Jul 27, 2023Liked by Robert Reich

I find many of Mitch McConnell's political views and actions repugnant and scary.

But when I saw that happen to him, another human being,

I felt a deep empathy and fear. If we cannot respond to another person, no matter

their political persuasion,

with compassion, we are truly lost

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i wish i could be like you, Professor Reich, and be concerned about mitch mcconnell's health. but i am much more concerned about the health of MILLIONS of americans who do not have any form of health care available to them, and the many MILLIONS MORE whose access to health care is unstable / not guaranteed / questionable ... at best. i do not waste my thoughts on the problems of wealthy white men.

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Jul 27, 2023·edited Jul 27, 2023

You are a generous soul, Professor.

It was heart-aching to see McConnell freeze in the manner in which he did, however it is terribly difficult to pity a guy who moulded this disgraceful “Supreme” Court and who is so beholden to the thugs to the Right.

I wish no one ill, by the same token it would be great if all of the abhorrent noise of the Right was silenced, somehow.

Your friend in MD,

A. 🌻🙏💙

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We all share that we will die. That does not make me sympathetic with that evil toad.

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Thank you for this, Mr. Reich. I was saddened when I saw the news clip. Mr. McConnell is one of my least favourite people, but I would not wish this on him. Seeing in played over and over by the media was horrifyingly tasteless.

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Maybe he had a moment of consciousness... where the statement he was making about how great it is that one of the few places we have bipartisan agreement is for the inflated military budget. Maybe for about 20 seconds he just couldn't get the rest of that disgusting sentence out. Probably not though... it probably was just a seizure.

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How kind. My initial response was not as generous, too much damage has been done. And yes, we must do the right thing regarding the flesh and blood part of us, even in the face of repugnance, of unprincipled, dastardly, and dishonorable deeds.

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Professor.

Thank you for sharing this.

I am reminded that I am not in control of my mind. I have not been all my life. Sometimes it works and sometimes it does not. It is scary as you said.

In my case, it is not twenty seconds or even a few hours, it may be days, or months

On that note, I am going back to bed and hope that when I wake up I have control of my mind.

It hurts my heart.

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I am no where near as nice as you, Robert. I felt let down that he didn't drop dead on the spot. For the amount of harm, damage, death, and suffering he has caused it would have been a small justice. And he intends to continue his cruelty and hate until he can witness his dictator installed as our leader. He's vile, and I wish upon him only that which he's done to others, to us, and to this country. He would kill either or both of us to achieve his goals and I remain disappointed he didn't drop dead. The alternative would be for him to suffer every second of every day in unimaginable pain untill he dropped dead. So I'm being nice wishing he'd have fallen and never got up.

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It may have been a TIA. Have seen that happen in others a few times and this looked exactly the same.

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Thank you for showing empathy and compassion. We don’t need to agree with anything from another to honor their humanity. I blame McConnell for many of the horrific things happening in our country. That being said, I don’t believe mocking his obvious physical decline is ever appropriate or right-showing disrespect is never ok. “When they go low, we go high.” We cannot allow the GOP’s disregard for simple compassion and decency to change us or make us in their likeness. Thank you.

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A very decent commentary. Thanks for writing it and showing that people can have some serious disagreements yet remain empathetic to others. 👍👍

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I hope he sees a doctor and finds out why that happened. I also hope he steps down and goes back home to Kentucky. He has done enough damage to our country and I’m tired of the GOP constantly criticizing Biden at 80 about his age and ability. He is doing an incredible job and gets no credit.

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Mitch McConnell will receive the best medical care available in this country, something he has used his position to deny to tens of millions of Americans.

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