A Morrow for this Generation

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Bush and his cronies Rove, Cheney and Rumsfield are on the campaign trail. Of course, the new claim that we face ” a new kind of fascism” is absurdly inaccurate on many levels, but probably played well at one of Rove’s focus groups. Rumsfield Monday and Bush today have chosen to speak at the last forum where they are guaranteed to find a receptive audience, the American Legion in Salt Lake City, Utah.

I am afraid that I had given up hope that television news commentators would have the courage to respond with a commentary that defends the American right to dissent and to disagree with those in power. Then, I listened to Keith Olbermann’s response to Rumsfield’s American Legion speech. Here is an excerpt- but please, if you have not heard the complete commentary, go to Crooks and Liars to watch it.

That about which Mr. Rumsfeld is confused is simply this: This is a Democracy. Still. Sometimes just barely. And as such, all voices count – not just his.

Had he or his president perhaps proven any of their prior claims of omniscience – about Osama Bin Laden’s plans five years ago – about Saddam Hussein’s weapons four years ago- about Hurricane Katrina’s impact one year ago – we all might be able to swallow hard, and accept their omniscience as a bearable, even useful recipe, of fact, plus ego.

But, to date, this government has proved little besides its own arrogance, and its own hubris.

Mr. Rumsfeld is also personally confused, morally or intellectually, about his own standing in this matter. From Iraq to Katrina, to flu vaccine shortages, to the entire “Fog of Fear” which continues to envelope this nation – he, Mr. Bush, Mr. Cheney, and their cronies, have – inadvertently or intentionally – profited and benefited, both personally, and politically. And yet he can stand up in public, and question the morality and the intellect of those of us who dare ask just for the receipt for theEmporer’s New Clothes.

In what country was Mr. Rumsfeld raised? As a child, of whose heroism did he read? On what side of the battle for freedom did he dream one day to fight? With what country has he confused… the United States of America?

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