I was out of action due to an eye problem, but I'm back and ready to rock. This morning I only wanted to share this posting by a decent guy, George Clooney. It has been bothering me how many democrats are terrified of affixing the word Liberal to themselves. I have been doing it proudly for years, and to see that a celebrity of Clooney's stature isn't afraid to accept that label and make it his own, makes me very happy.
Also, he obviously recognizes the difference between a democrat and an appeasing Vichy dem. I doubt it escaped Clooney, and millions of others, when the democrats left Russ Feingold out to dry. It was like he painted himself with toxic resin, and they all fled for their lives. I think we are seeing that many of the democrats are under the thumb of the republican party, and they are afraid of what kind of dirt may come out if they buck the party line. I hope some of the Vichys paid attention when Clooney wrote the following...
I Am a Liberal. There, I Said It!
by George Clooney
I am a liberal. And I make no apologies for it. Hell, I'm proud of it.
Too many people run away from the label. They whisper it like you'd whisper "I'm a Nazi." Like it's a dirty word. But turn away from saying "I'm a liberal" and it's like you're turning away from saying that blacks should be allowed to sit in the front of the bus, that women should be able to vote and get paid the same as a man, that McCarthy was wrong, that Vietnam was a mistake. And that Saddam Hussein had no ties to al-Qaeda and had nothing to do with 9/11.
This is an incredibly polarized time (wonder how that happened?). But I find that, more and more, people are trying to find things we can agree on. And, for me, one of the things we absolutely need to agree on is the idea that we're all allowed to question authority. We have to agree that it's not unpatriotic to hold our leaders accountable and to speak out.
That's one of the things that drew me to making a film about Murrow. When you hear Murrow say, "We mustn't confuse dissent with disloyalty" and "We can't defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home," it's like he's commenting on today's headlines.
The fear of being criticized can be paralyzing. Just look at the way so many Democrats caved in the run up to the war. In 2003, a lot of us were saying, where is the link between Saddam and bin Laden? What does Iraq have to do with 9/11? We knew it was bullshit. Which is why it drives me crazy to hear all these Democrats saying, "We were misled." It makes me want to shout, "Fuck you, you weren't misled. You were afraid of being called unpatriotic."
Bottom line: it's not merely our right to question our government, it's our duty. Whatever the consequences. We can't demand freedom of speech then turn around and say, But please don't say bad things about us. You gotta be a grown up and take your hits.
I am a liberal. Fire away.
Original Post is at: The Huffington Post
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