Who am I?
©2001 Andy J. W. Affleck
The closed-door presidency No president can govern in a fishbowl, particularly in time of war. But as president-watchers have noticed, we clearly have an incumbent who savors secrecy. Not since Richard Nixon went to work in the Oval Office has there been so concentrated an effort to keep the real work of a president hidden, revealing to the public only a scripted leader.
Why do I feel this sudden urge to read up on the McCarthy era...(6:41 PM) ¶
"You all need some therapy because somebody came along and said 'liberal means soft on crime, soft on drugs, soft on communism, soft on defense and we'll tax you back to the stone age because people shouldn't have to go to work if they don't want to.' And instead of saying 'well excuse me you right wing, reactionary, xenophobic, homophobic, anti-education, anti-choice, pro-gun, Leave It to Beaver trip back to the fifties,' we cowered in the corner and said 'please don't hurt me.' No more." -- Bruno, the political consultant on The West Wing
I loved this quote because, while it is a bit over the top, it did hit home for me as well. When did liberal become a bad word? Why are we so unable to make it a good word again? Now we have to settle for progressive which does nothing more than make me think of soup.(6:28 AM) ¶