Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Reason No. 1,634 why I love Molly Ivins

Bush, Cheney and Co. will continue to play the patriotic bully card just as long as you let them. I've said it before: War brings out the patriotic bullies. In World War I, they went around kicking dachshunds on the grounds that dachshunds were "German dogs." They did not, however, go around kicking German shepherds. The minute that someone impugns your patriotism for opposing this war, turn on them like a snarling dog and explain what loving your country really means.

-Molly Ivins, "Put up or shut up," 1/22/06
I don't support Hillary Clinton either, Molly. Hillary's always struck me as the worst sort of pandering, triangulating, which-way-is-the-wind-blowing sort of politician. And it disgusts me that the crapweasel right is able to paint Cindy Sheehan as "the left" simply because of the vacuum on the left side of the aisle.

Why doesn't anyone have the courage of their convictions? Most Americans *don't* support this President or his war, but yet all we get is Joe Lieberman doing his Droopy Dog impression on Meet the Press. That's maddening.

Like women in the corporate world, progressives have to be 10 times better than the ruling right in order to be considered equal. But with this crowd, why is that so hard?


Anonymous said...

It becomes harder not to paint Cindy Sheehan as the left when she's invited to the state of the union address by Lynne Woolsey. I'm just saying.

Thomas More said...

You don't want to play that game, do you? How about Ahmed "Never really knew the guy" Chalabi sitting next to Laura Bush? A little more important, I'd say.

Reminds me of the (virtually unchallenged) comparisons between Michael Moore and Osama bin Laden. Yeah, a filmmaker really is on equal footing with the most notorious terrorist in American history.

Another thing Sheehan illustrates is how minor figures are blown out of proportion by a media entranced with conflict. Who ever heard about Ward Churchill before Michelle Malkin and her ilk started screaming about him?

Anonymous said...

All true, but doesn't change the facts about inviting Cindy to the show, and that's what it's all about, a show. If Cindy Sheehan didn't have any perceived importance, Lynne Woolsey wouldn't invite her. I'm not playing games, but our leaders and representatives are. This is all big theater for them.