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POST: In Praise of Mr. Olbermann

August 11, 2009

Last night’s well-thought out, highly personalized, and not to mention passionate Special Comment on Countdown with Keith Olbermann should be touted. And thank god, it has been…by some. I want to add my voice to those that approval of his capacity to not only put into words all that I could was so eloquently feeling, but he did so with a poetic aptitude that certainly met with the approbation of this lowly blogger.

He first started out with a studied attack on Sarah Palin, stating the (to me, all too obviousness) that she is “a clear and present danger to the safety and security of this nation.” As for the possibility of her return to politics, this Viscount of Volubility said that her assertion that ‘death panels’ would determine your and your families ‘worth’ ” should debar you, for all time, from any position of responsibility or trust in the governance of this nation or any of its states or municipalities.” He warned Palin and others favorable to fear mongering to be wary of their actions, citing a story I hadn’t heard of of a AstroTurfer bringing a gun to a town hall.  He finished his Palin ministration with a much needed, “God forgive you, Ms. Palin.”

He then went on to eulogize the death of rational American political thinking, citing such veteran irrationals as Glenn Beck (all around lunatic and poison fetishist), Lou Dobbs (birthers supporter), Senator John Corynyn (R-Texas) (well-known now for his assertion that the WH is trying to compile personal contact information under the guise of soliciting health care opinions), and the infamous birthers.

To finish, he cited this from President Lincoln’s first inaugural address:
We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.  The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

It saddens me that in 2009, frustrated media men have been forced to quote the words of a man battling the ravages of the Civil War, to combat the hatred spurned bu AstroTurfers, birthers, and other all around racists. Sure, it’s not as though racial inequalities and racism in general would disappear (or even lessen) with the inauguration of President Obama, but the flare-ups of racism disguised as health care debate, or, so ludicrously, as ‘real’ interest in the state of American politics, more so than making me angry, simply make me tired.

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