Saturday, September 02, 2006

Rock Solid

Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson spoke the words many of us I think would like to say.Please read the whole thing when you have time here.

We are here today because of our values. We love our country. We cherish the freedoms and liberties of our country. We don't call those who speak out against our nation's leaders unpatriotic or un-American or appeasers of fascists, as we heard from our nation's secretary of defense yesterday. We have good, wholesome family values. In our families, we teach honesty, we teach kindness and compassion toward others, we teach that violence, if ever justified, must be an absolutely last resort. In our families, we teach that our nation's constitutional values are to be upheld, and that they are worth standing up, as we are here today, and fighting for. Our family values promote respect and equal rights toward everyone, regardless of race, regardless of ethnic origin, and regardless of sexual orientation. In our families, we teach the value of hard work and competence..........
A patriot does not tell people who are intensely concerned about their country to just sit down and be quiet; to refrain from speaking out in the name of politeness or for the sake of being a good host; to show slavish, blind obedience and deference to a dishonest, war-mongering, human-rights-violating president. That is not a patriot. Rather, that person is a sycophant. That person is a member of a frightening culture of obedience — a culture where falling in line with authority is more important than choosing what is right, even if it is not easy, safe, or popular. And, I suspect, that person is afraid....

6 Comments:

Blogger Dedanna said...

Ron, have you seen this?

1:37 PM, September 02, 2006  
Blogger Dedanna said...

President Bush, by the way, finally admitted nine days ago on Aug. 21 during a press conference that there was no connection between the attacks on 9/11 and Iraq. It's terrific that the President has now admitted what others have known for so long — but where is the accountability for the tragic war we were led into on the basis of his earlier misrepresentations?

Here it is, right from the White House's own site:

Q Quick follow-up. A lot of the consequences you mentioned for pulling out seem like maybe they never would have been there if we hadn't gone in. How do you square all of that?

THE PRESIDENT: I square it because, imagine a world in which you had Saddam Hussein who had the capacity to make a weapon of mass destruction, who was paying suiciders to kill innocent life, who would -- who had relations with Zarqawi. Imagine what the world would be like with him in power. The idea is to try to help change the Middle East.

Now, look, part of the reason we went into Iraq was -- the main reason we went into Iraq at the time was we thought he had weapons of mass destruction. It turns out he didn't, but he had the capacity to make weapons of mass destruction. But I also talked about the human suffering in Iraq, and I also talked the need to advance a freedom agenda. And so my question -- my answer to your question is, is that, imagine a world in which Saddam Hussein was there, stirring up even more trouble in a part of the world that had so much resentment and so much hatred that people came and killed 3,000 of our citizens.

You know, I've heard this theory about everything was just fine until we arrived, and kind of "we're going to stir up the hornet's nest" theory. It just doesn't hold water, as far as I'm concerned. The terrorists attacked us and killed 3,000 of our citizens before we started the freedom agenda in the Middle East.

Q What did Iraq have to do with that?

THE PRESIDENT:
(the fucking idiot --D.) What did Iraq have to do with what?

Q The attack on the World Trade Center?

THE PRESIDENT: Nothing, except for it's part of -- and nobody has ever suggested in this administration that Saddam Hussein ordered the attack.
Iraq was a -- the lesson of September the 11th is, take threats before they fully materialize, Ken. Nobody has ever suggested that the attacks of September the 11th were ordered by Iraq. I have suggested, however, that resentment and the lack of hope create the breeding grounds for terrorists who are willing to use suiciders to kill to achieve an objective. I have made that case.


God... to think it was all for nothing. And it took him this long to admit it (well kinda sorta, he's made light references to it but no out-and-out admissions until now). All those people killed, all those people brainwashed, all those people...

2:26 PM, September 02, 2006  
Blogger The Donkey said...

It was a good post and a great speech. The Donkey is pleased to know not every one is asleep at the wheel.

You sound much different than when you first started on the radio. The donkey remebers when Ron did not think things were too bad.

1:49 AM, September 03, 2006  
Blogger Dedanna said...

Happy Labor Day!

8:15 AM, September 04, 2006  
Blogger Ron said...

Donkey, I always try to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. The show started before we ever went to Iraq. Things aren't the same and neither am I. I am slow to anger or take offense but when I do it is for damned good reason and bygones turn to proof. I have reached there and beyond with the radical right and President Cheney.

12:57 AM, September 05, 2006  
Blogger Dedanna said...

Lose anger against that which is unjust, and one loses momentum to fight it.

8:05 AM, September 05, 2006  

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