One of the better quotes from a Sean Connery movie . . .
Despite my recent student-like existence in the modern equivalent of a garment factory – I refer, of course, to a call center – I have had sufficient opportunity to reflect on my departure from the journalism profession and have found that I’m glad to have left what it has become. When more and painfully obvious truths come from two late-night shows on Comedy Central than do on any three cable news operations, then maybe newspapers and television news deserve exactly what they’re getting.
I readily admit that writing in John McCain’s name on the 2000 presidential ballot I cast was dumb. I still consider the Republican National Committee and all who support its continuing existence to be enemies of the Constitution, and I really don’t think much more of the Democratic Party.
I’ve always considered George W. Bush to be a criminal, and most of his inner circle to be criminals of the worst sort. I detest a society in which loyalty to “our president” outweighs any consideration that “our president” should be loyal to the Constitution. What’s right with American society may well fix what’s wrong, but too many idiots think that what’s wrong is actually right. Intellectually, we are heading to a nasty little dark age in this country that compares rather closely with the dark age of Europe. We’ve already proven ourselves quite capable of conducting a modern Inquisition every bit as nasty and inexcusable as what the Catholic Church and the Puritans conducted. When the only ‘terrorist’ arrested at Jerry Falwell’s funeral was a religious zealot planning to immolate those who would dare protest and demonize the fat bastard from Lynchburg, that should but doesn’t impact those who would have a theocracy in our republic.
Here’s a little E.J. Dionne to get Memorial Day started . . .
Free To Be Al Gore
By E. J. Dionne Jr.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007; A15
Boy, it would be fun if Al Gore changed his mind and ran for president — fun for the voters, anyway. Imagine a candidate whose preelection book is devoted in large part to an attack on the media for waging war on reason.
Politicians, it is often said, never win by attacking the media. That’s simply not true. Conservatives have been attacking the media for decades, to good effect from their point of view. Their intimidation sometimes worked — go back to the coverage of the 2000 Florida recount if you want to see media bias. When intimidation fails, they declare inconvenient facts to be merely “liberal” opinions.
It’s delightful to see the critique coming from the other side. Gore’s book, “The Assault on Reason,” to be released today, is about “the strangeness of our public discourse” as mediated through television. He thinks the Internet may revive the art of reasoned argument that has been lost in our obsessions with “Britney and KFed, and Lindsay and Paris and Nicole.”
It’s entertaining to talk to Gore these days because he’s so clearly enjoying himself. (That’s probably why he won’t run for president.) During a 40-minute telephone interview yesterday, he did not speak as if there were focus-grouped sentences dancing around in his head. Nor did he worry about saying things that some consultant would fret about for weeks afterward.