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Saturday, April 10, 2021

Ramsey Clark, who championed civil rights and liberties as attorney general in the Johnson administration, then devoted much of the rest of his life to defending unpopular causes and infamous people, including Saddam Hussein and others accused of war crimes, died on Friday at his home in Manhattan. He was 93.

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He was also one of the most quotable public figures of his generation, many of his pronouncements tending toward aphorism: "The measure of your quality as a public person, as a citizen, is the gap between what you do and what you say." "There are few better measures of the concern a society has for its individual members and its own well being than the way it handles criminals." "A great many people in this country are worried about law-and-order. And a great many people are worried about justice. But one thing is certain: You cannot have either until you have both." "A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you."

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This guy went off the rails when he left office.

#1 | Posted by Tor at 2021-04-10 02:56 PM | Reply

"Demonization is the most dangerous form of prejudice. Once you call something evil, it's easy to justify anything you might do to harm that evil. Evil has no rights, it has no human dignity, it has to be destroyed. That's how you get your Fallujas, your Abu Ghraibs, your shock-and-awes." -Ramsey Clark

RIP to a great man.

#2 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2021-04-10 03:11 PM | Reply

Lyndon Johnson's blaming of Clark for his loss to Nixon made Johnson more about electability and less about policy.

#3 | Posted by LesWit at 2021-04-10 03:45 PM | Reply

Johnson ran against Nixon?
Missed that.

#4 | Posted by bruceaz at 2021-04-10 03:50 PM | Reply

Wealth.
It is the gap between the rich and the poor that is the measure of this culture. And yeah, justice is driving drunk and crashing your car if you are rich, and injustice is driving drunk and crashing your car if you are poor.

#5 | Posted by hughmass at 2021-04-11 06:12 AM | Reply

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