Feeling morally, intellectually confused?

Tuesday, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld once again attacked Administration critics, asserting those questioning its Iraq and anti-terror policies are trying to appease “a new type of fascism,” calling them sufferers of “moral or intellectual confusion.”

Last night, Keith Olbermann on his return to “Countdown” delivered a special commentary on Rumsfeld’s remarks. It was in my book a magnificent essay, powerfully delivered. If you missed it, or wish to see or read it again click the headline. Here is a brief excerpt:

It demands the deep analysis—and the sober contemplation—of every American.

For it did not merely serve to impugn the morality or intelligence – indeed, the loyalty—of the majority of Americans who oppose the transient occupants of the highest offices in the land;

Worse, still, it credits those same transient occupants – our employees—with a total omniscience; a total omniscience which neither common sense, nor this administration’s track record at home or abroad, suggests they deserve.

Dissent and disagreement with government is the life’s blood of human freedom;

And not merely because it is the first roadblock against the kind of tyranny the men Mr. Rumsfeld likes to think of as “his” troops still fight, this very evening, in Iraq.

It is also essential. Because just every once in awhile … it is right — and the power to which it speaks, is wrong.

Click the headline for the full essay.

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7 Responses to Feeling morally, intellectually confused?

  1. Roger says:

    The mindless morons who run our government and that of Israel, to whom force is the means by which all desires are satisfied, will eventually lead their minions to the one inescapable end result they all desparately seek: total, complete and irremediable destruction. That is what they seek in their heart of hearts and nothing else will satisfy, nothing else will sate, and no other consequence of their endeavors is possible.We the minions, we who are led, need to rid ourselves of these sons-of-bitches. They serve at our pleasure and we are no longer pleased.Were this administration less incompetent, less morally bankcrupt, less thoroughly corrupt and were its actions less influential and the consequent devastation less strikingly tragic, you could make the case that it is a actually a comedy not to be missed, a Broadway play to be savored for the laughter it evokes, but, alas, that is not possible, and that is not the case. This is real. And it is a tragedy. How a country like ours can wind up with elected leaders like we have will be the subject matter of innumerable studies in times to come. They will begin soon and will not cease for a hundred years or more.

  2. Kent says:

    Democrats have no new ideas. They are all over the ballpark. One day they want to leave tomorrow. Then one wants to leave in 90 days. Then the same guy wants to change his mind. But at the end of the day, they unanimously vote for the Admin’s policy. They have no policy to offer but “I hate Bush.” I am not telling you Bush is smart, but they have yet to see any evidence that Democrats are any smarter. They lost the presidential election because they found a candidate that was worse than Bush, which must have been pretty hard to find; when you think about it. And now, who do they have? Harry Reid? Hillary Clinton? I think they are going to lose again.

  3. Kent says:

    Having said this, I must also throw in. They Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid et al. are dangerous idiots.

  4. Roger says:

    I wouldn’t doubt it. Never paid any attention to either one so wouldn’t know. But I do know this – there’s no idiot alive as dangerous as Bush. Not only that, but the more I watch that guy the more I believe he’s gone round the bend, flipped out. Insane.I wish Lamont would run for Prez.

  5. Kent says:

    Why do you like LaMont?

  6. Roger says:

    He’s smart, he’s clean, he has experience at building and managing an organization, making payroll, inspiring people, etc. He seems to have a natural talent for politics. He’s not beholden to neocon morons or Rapture-ready religious maniacs, nor to any particular lobby. He has a great deal of common sense. He is morally well-grounded. I like the way he sees the issues. I believe he could restore the credibility of the U.S. overseas and that of our government here at home — if anyone could.He’s the kind of person we need, and had in the beginning (not long ago) — people who had already made it in the real world and then decided to give something back in the form of public service.As a function of daily life he distinguishes between delusion and reality. He is capable of making informed decisions.

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