George Needs a Clooney
Posting over at the Huffpo is none other than Mr Syriana
himself. The post is typically moronic:I am a liberal. And I make no apologies for it. Hell, I'm proud of it.
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 only people who "whisper" that they are liberals are politicians trying to get elected in states other than Massachusetts. Hell, even John Kerry dodged the question.This is an incredibly polarized time (wonder how that happened?). But I find that, more and more, people are trying to find things we can agree on. And, for me, one of the things we absolutely need to agree on is the idea that we're all allowed to question authority. We have to agree that it's not unpatriotic to hold our leaders accountable and to speak out.
Are you questioning my patriotism?
But even sillier than Clooney's post are the responses, which range from servile to unctuous:Amen, my friend. The work you're doing -- the movies you're making, the stands that you are taking when given a public platform -- are enormously important to this country. We desperately need your voice in this culture. Speak loudly, and often.
Posted by: hategun on March 13, 2006 at 01:20amI have often said that the rightwing fascist element ultimately cannot win, because no matter how good they are at deceiving people with a false reality, they are weak and amateurish compared with Hollywood.
It is Hollywood, more than any other single factor, that shapes our culture. The rise of the Bush-Cheney fascists is a crisis the likes of which I'm not sure this country has ever seen before. Hollywood could do so much more to expose fascist lies and help ordinary people see what is really going on. Thank you George Clooney for taking the lead.
Posted by: daltoni on March 13, 2006 at 01:27am
Hollywood, the hope of America!I know what I'm going to say takes courage but here it goes:If by wanting a balanced budget means I'm a Liberal then by God I am one.
If by wanting to question my government about civil liberties and the rule of law in the case of illegal wiretapping means I'm a Liberal then by God I am one.
If by wanting to reduce the number of people in poverty up to the middle class means I'm a Liberal then by God I am one.Posted by: ProudProgressiveDemocrat on March 13, 2006 at 01:36am
Nice to see somebody in favor of killing the poor. ;)