Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Truth in Labelling

To find out that Glenn Greenwald serves as a consultant to the ALCU comes as no surprise (in fact it’s one of those sort of “oh duh” things), but is immensely gratifying. Greenwald’s is one of the first blogs I read daily.

One of my favorite movie scenes is from An American President where Michael Douglas is at the podium and is responding to a charge from his opponent that he is “a card carrying member of the ACLU.” He describes the organization as one “which has as its sole purpose upholding the Bill of Rights,” admits proudly that he is a member, leans into the microphone and says to his opponent, “…and what I want to know is why aren’t you?”

That’s an old movie; additional evidence that there’s nothing new about guilt by false association and twisting words in a manner that, for instance, labels a bill that increases air pollution as the "Clear Skies Initiative."

One more proof that it is time for change that we can believe in.

And Barack Obama responding to the charge of being an appeaser kind of reminds me of Michael Douglas at the end of that movie. Sometimes pissing your opponent off is not your best move.

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