The New Edward R. Murrow?


AMAZING! The new Edward R. Murrow? I hope so.

Keith Olbermann finally said on air what we have all been waiting to hear.

Some of the text all of which can be found here along with the video:

That, about which Mr. Rumsfeld is confused is simply this: This is a Democracy. Still. Sometimes just barely.

And, as such, all voices count -- not just his.

Had he or his president perhaps proven any of their prior claims of omniscience — about Osama Bin Laden’s plans five years ago, about Saddam Hussein’s weapons four years ago, about Hurricane Katrina’s impact one year ago — we all might be able to swallow hard, and accept their “omniscience” as a bearable, even useful recipe, of fact, plus ego.

But, to date, this government has proved little besides its own arrogance, and its own hubris.

Mr. Rumsfeld is also personally confused, morally or intellectually, about his own standing in this matter. From Iraq to Katrina, to the entire “Fog of Fear” which continues to envelop this nation, he, Mr. Bush, Mr. Cheney, and their cronies have — inadvertently or intentionally — profited and benefited, both personally, and politically.

And yet he can stand up, in public, and question the morality and the intellect of those of us who dare ask just for the receipt for the Emporer’s New Clothes?

In what country was Mr. Rumsfeld raised? As a child, of whose heroism did he read? On what side of the battle for freedom did he dream one day to fight? With what country has he confused the United States of America?

The confusion we -- as its citizens— must now address, is stark and forbidding.

But variations of it have faced our forefathers, when men like Nixon and McCarthy and Curtis LeMay have darkened our skies and obscured our flag. Note -- with hope in your heart — that those earlier Americans always found their way to the light, and we can, too.

The confusion is about whether this Secretary of Defense, and this administration, are in fact now accomplishing what they claim the terrorists seek: The destruction of our freedoms, the very ones for which the same veterans Mr. Rumsfeld addressed yesterday in Salt Lake City, so valiantly fought.

For a long time we have been watching this government slowly descending into fascism. It has been really painful to watch for those who once lived through it in another time, another place. It has been painful for those who still vividly remember the reign of terror that McCarthy wrought on this country. Historian Haynes Johnson gives us a picture of that era in his recent book, The Age of Anxiety, McCarthyism to Terrorism. I recommend it.
We are approaching an election and the party in power is starting to show it's fear of losing power. The polls are showing day by day that the democrats are possibly on their way to taking over at least one house in Congress if not both. It is increasingly looking like the only way they will keep their power is by cheating (the way they got their power, if you ask me.) So they are strongly playing the last two cards they have in their deck. Fear. Patriotism.
They want to threaten anyone who doesn't fear the "enemy" by ratcheting up the terror alerts. Those who dismiss them or question the administration's supreme authority will be labeled unpatriotic or unamerican. Take your pick.

Keith Olbermann finally called the emperor on his new clothes. It is about time someone did. I, for one, hope he keeps it up.

May he live long and prosper