An interesting Twitter convo:
It’s so nice to know our compassionately conservative friends answer true, honest and civil debate (along with completely valid questions) with ad hominem attacks. Wait. I thought only liberals did that. I’m confused.
And none of that even adds up to being the tiniest bit of a tip of the iceberg. Obama, the dictator? That notion is just about as crazy (and, yes, I mean crazy as in clinically delusional) as Liberty Counsel’s claims that Obama is planning to ‘subvert’ the Constitution.
Neo-cons are weird sort of creature. People with Alzheimer’s have better memory function than these folks.
P.S. — There’s no such thing as “The Liberal Media.” I highly recommend Glenn Greenwald’s excellent piece: “Octavia Nasr and what The Liberal Media allows.”
P.P.S. — Again, I’ll repeat: “I’m telling you: The right wing agenda is evil, insidious and pernicious. Nothing more. Nothing less. (Although the words “sick” and “twisted” come to mind, too.)”
As I watched the inauguration and heard people booing former President George W. Bush, I quickly Twittered, “Wholly inappropriate: Booing the Pres. Bush. Respect the office, respect our nation, respect the institution, even if you hate the man.”
Ah… Freedom of Speech. Thank God for it, or else either Bil or I would have been silenced.
I replied, “Haha. True Bil, True. But freedom doesn’t come without responsibility.”
One line from President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Speech applies here: “…our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.”
And, I’d argue, our freedoms, including that of speech, emanates from the same.
Humility. Restraint. I’d add, “respect” and “responsibility.”
These values co-exist and co-depend upon each other in order to make our freedoms work. Take away any of them, our freedom and nation of law and order fail.
We might hate Bush for his decisions and actions. We might think he is evil. Booing him during a ceremony meant to bring America together was wholly inappropriate. A person might have the freedom to do something, to say something, to boo the man who, at the time, was still our President, but having the freedom to do something doesn’t make it appropriate or right.
Obama has stood for a united America. Booing the outgoing President on a day that is supposed to be a uniting day only creates more division. Obama wouldn’t have booed. Obama would have respected the office… the office he now holds.
Was anybody else as completely annoyed and agitated by President Bush’s stupid, “History will exonerate me,” “I’m never going to be held accountable for the crimes I committed” smirk he had throughout his entire farewell address?
It’s over… well, almost. Just a few more days. Praise be!
P.S. – No amount of legacy-crafting or attempts at revisionist history will ever get Bushie off the hook. Unfortunately, he hasn’t yet realized he’s no longer 20-something and this ain’t the Texas Air National Guard.