I am a liberal. And I make no apologies for it. Hell, I'm proud of it.A-fucking-men, Mr. Clooney. And can someone please remind the Democrats that President Bush's poll numbers are for shit? Even more so when you subtract out the Republicans? There is no reason, I repeat, NONE, to defer to this guy. Even if the Dems want to play to the middle, even the middle hates Bush right now.
Too many people run away from the label. They whisper it like you'd whisper "I'm a Nazi." Like it's dirty word. But turn away from saying "I'm a liberal" and it's like you're turning away from saying that blacks should be allowed to sit in the front of the bus, that women should be able to vote and get paid the same as a man, that McCarthy was wrong, that Vietnam was a mistake. And that Saddam Hussein had no ties to al-Qaeda and had nothing to do with 9/11.
The fear of been criticized can be paralyzing. Just look at the way so many Democrats caved in the run up to the war. In 2003, a lot of us were saying, where is the link between Saddam and bin Laden? What does Iraq have to do with 9/11? We knew it was bullshit. Which is why it drives me crazy to hear all these Democrats saying, "We were misled." It makes me want to shout, "Fuck you, you weren't misled. You were afraid of being called unpatriotic."
Bottom line: it's not merely our right to question our government, it's our duty. Whatever the consequences. We can't demand freedom of speech then turn around and say, But please don't say bad things about us. You gotta be a grown up and take your hits.I am a liberal. Fire away.
It's not 9/12/01, people. Bush is not an invincible heroic 90% approval president. The American people want to see you opposing, and opposing hard. Not capitulating. If they want capitulating, they can vote for Republicans.