Reality suddenly crashed into George W. Bush's fantasy world at a photo op where, Harry Taylor slipped past the Secret Service and spoke truth to power. It was magnificient, but largely ignored by the mainstream press. I saw it on Keith Olbermann's Countdown program on MSNBC Friday evening.
Crooks and Liars: "Taylor: Okay, I don't have a question. What I wanted to say to you is that in my lifetime, I have never felt more ashamed of, nor more frightened by my leadership in Washington, including the presidency, by the Senate...And I would hope -- I feel like despite your rhetoric, that compassion and common sense have been left far behind during your administration, and I would hope from time to time that you have the humility and the grace to be ashamed of yourself inside yourself..."If you missed it, Dada has the transcript (scroll down) and Crooks and Liars has the video.
You owe it to yourself to read or watch it or both. It was awesome.
If you can't view the video, you will miss seeing George Horseshit Bush's face contort as he tried to smile and look unconcerned and his jaw twitched and jerked around, betraying his nervousness when the truth burst the bubble in which he resides.
A related item arrived in my email from Randi Rhodes, host of an Air America radio program:
George Orwell's classic novel 1984 is a chilling glimpse into what was supposed to be the not too distant future. But it's now happening…here…RIGHT NOW.
Orwell's "Big Brother" depended on suppression of information, individual freedom and a complete surrender of privacy. It included rabid Nationalism and slogans like
WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
Blood-soaked corporate oil wars wrapped in the flag is of course for PEACE.
Making a slave class out of immigrants is their FREEDOM.
Suppression of news to keep you ignorant of course makes you STRONGER.
Orwell was warrior and an artist who fought fascism where ever he saw it up until he drew his last breath. And he knew, just like the Neocons do, that resistance and reform is always possible with a large, healthy, informed middle class willing to speak truth to power.
Once you understand that, you can understand the motivation behind every move Bush makes from tax cuts for the ultra rich, to importing cheap labor from Mexico, to turning healthcare over to pharmaceutical and insurance companies.
Every move keeps the poor poor and further weakens the middle class.
Thanks for listening!