Santos: I know you like to use that word, "liberal," as if it were a crime.Seeing all those Republicans praising Rosa Parks made me sick to my stomach. Conservatives are on the wrong side of history, again and again. I think it's about time we had the courage to point that out.
Vinick: I know Democrats think "liberal" is a bad word. So bad you had to change it. What do you call yourselves now? Progressives? Is that it?
Santos: It's true. Republicans have tried to turn "liberal" into a bad word. Well, liberals ended slavery in this country.
Vinick: A Republican president ended slavery.
Santos: Yes, a liberal Republican, Senator. What happened to them? They got run out of your party. What did liberals do that was so offensive to the liberal party? Liberals got women the right to vote. Liberals got African-Americans the right to vote. Liberals created Social Security and lifted millions of elderly people out of poverty. Liberals ended segregation. Liberals passed the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act. Liberals created Medicare. Liberals passed the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act. What did conservatives do? They opposed every single one of those things. Every one. So when you try to hurl that label at my feet, "liberal" -- as if it was something to be ashamed of, something dirty, something to run away from -- it won't work, Senator. Because I will pick up that label, and I will wear it as a badge of honor.
-from "The West Wing" live debate episode Sunday
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Actual Democrats are pussies
Why can't any of them be as forthright as fake Democrat Matt Santos? Why can't they stand up for themselves and what they believe in? (Memo to Dems: you believe in good stuff. Trust me on this.)