Once again, Keith Olbermann gets right to the point and says it in a way I never could:
At the dedication of the Gettysburg Memorial — barely four months after the last soldier staggered from another Pennsylvania field — Mr. Lincoln said, “we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.”
Lincoln used those words to immortalize their sacrifice.
Today our leaders could use those same words to rationalize their reprehensible inaction. “We cannot dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground.” So we won’t.
Instead they bicker and buck pass. They thwart private efforts, and jostle to claim credit for initiatives that go nowhere. They spend the money on irrelevant wars, and elaborate self-congratulations, and buying off columnists to write how good a job they’re doing instead of doing any job at all.
You must, must, must read the rest of his post. And let’s hope others do, too.
From Crooks & Liars, thanks to Brian:
Keith [Olbermann] had some very choice words about Rumsfeld’s “fascism” comments tonight. Watch it, save it and share it.
Olbermann delivered this commentary with fire and passion while highlighting how Rumsfeld’s comments echoes other times in our world’s history when anyone who questioned the administration was coined as a traitor, unpatriotic, communist or any other colorful term. Luckily we pulled out of those times and we will pull out of these times.
Video and transcript are both available at C&L. It’s an absolute must-read (or watch). Spread it as wide as you can.
Just started watching Stephen Colbert roast George W. at the White House Correspondants’ Association Dinner. Not all arrows hit, but I’m amazed at what Stevie says in front of Bush. Whew. Here’s hoping it pierces that bubble a bit. Note: There are three parts.
Guess which amazing sci fi show just won a Peabody Award? You have to scroll down to the bottom to see the blurb. But it’s the first evah for the Sci Fi channel. Yay!