Thursday, February 03, 2005

Rude Pundit: Speaking Truth to Power

From The Rude Pundit (via Eschaton):

"It is not 'bold' to target gays for isolation and denigration in the Constitution; it is not 'bold' to cut domestic programs that mainly help those in poverty so that massive tax cuts can be made 'permanent;' it is not 'bold' to say that you want to create a Social Security system that no longer guarantees a retirement benefit for seniors and that cuts benefits to others; it is not 'bold' to hinder scientific developments under the veil of 'protecting life;' it is not 'bold' to declare that that we should make sure that people on death row are actually guilty; it is not 'bold' to imply that you will use military force to impose your political will on other nations. If this is what passes for 'bold' in this America, then, indeed, cowards should hold their heads high and declare that their pusillanimity is actually 'bold' retreat."

Read the rest - good stuff. There's also a good history lesson here. Republicans booed during Clinton's 1995 SOTU, and they walked out in the middle. Last night wasn't the first time someone booed a SOTU.


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