George Clooney is proud to be a "liberal".
No word on "delusional", "paranoid" and "overdramatic".
Clooney castigates his fellow Dems:
Too many people run away from the label. They whisper it like you'd whisper "I'm a Nazi." Like it's dirty word.It's actually true.
I remember in 1980, when I was still more or less proud to be a liberal. I was talking with someone - Dwight Rexin, probably, one of the few kids in my high school who was an overt, articulate Republican and Reagan supporter - and saying in my best George Merrill imitation, "I AM NOT A LIBERRRALLLLL", to make sure I wasn't tarred with that whole "mindless taxmonger who also excuses genocide of little Asian people" label.
But turn away from saying "I'm a liberal" and it's like you're turning away from saying that blacks should be allowed to sit in the front of the bus, that women should be able to vote and get paid the same as a man, that McCarthy was wrong, that Vietnam was a mistake.Or, alternately, turning away from resting on laurels that are respectively fifty, eighty-five, nonexistant, fifty and thirty years old.
And that Saddam Hussein had no ties to al-Qaeda and had nothing to do with 9/11.Along with Jimmy Carter's "Malaise" speech, it was his pusillanimity in the face of terrorism that kicked me down the slippery slope to conservatism; statements like Clooney's (ignoring the fact that deposing Hussein never hinged on involvement in 9/11 - not an iota - assure me I made the right call, and that the Dems' big hope is to keep repeating, a la Goebbels, enough big lies to draw enough credulous dumb people to keep voting for them.
This is an incredibly polarized time (wonder how that happened?).It probably has a lot to do with the preening hatred so many liberals - like Clooney - feel for 51% of their countrymen.
But I find that, more and more, people are trying to find things we can agree on. And, for me, one of the things we absolutely need to agree on is the idea that we're all allowed to question authority. We have to agree that it's not unpatriotic to hold our leaders accountable and to speak out.What whiny, self-absorbed garbage.
For starters, part of free speech is defending your speech (not your right to speak, but the actual contents of it) against those who disagree with you. You have the right to speak freely; you do not have the right to speak without fear of being spoken against.
Oh, yeah - and I have never seen a credible right-wing commentator call any lefty speech "unpatriotic" - except for a few cases where it demonstrably wasn't.
And so what? When you're a conservative, you not only get used to dimbulb commenters calling you stupid, fundamentalist, chickenhawk, jihadi, 101st Fighting Keyboards, wishing you a lingering dealth from Alzheimers, and on, and on. You learn to ignore the idiots and defend yourself against the rest.
So no, George - nobody's called you "unpatriotic" - just a jagoff. And even if someone did - so what? Be a man and defend yourself. In your fantasy universe, liberals defend civil rights; so defend yours.
Because Clooney - long-time Hollywood star, with access to power and money and influence like few of us will ever know, seems to be a real pantywaist about criticism:
The fear of been criticized can be paralyzing.Criticism - especially ugly, below the belt attacks - can indeed be paralyzing. Like when the conservative commentator said about a liberal who has Alzheimers "He deserves it" - well, that might be read as extremely ugly, a direct assault that could chill free speech.
Of course, it wasn't a conservative - it was George Clooney, exercising his love of free, rational discourse, three years ago, talking about Charleton Heston.
Just look at the way so many Democrats caved in the run up to the war. In 2003, a lot of us were saying, where is the link between Saddam and bin Laden? What doesAlternate explanation:
Iraq have to do with 9/11? We knew it was bullshit. Which is why it drives me crazy to hear all these Democrats saying, "We were misled." It makes me want to shout, "Fuck you, you weren't misled. You were afraid of being called unpatriotic."
Oh, yeah - some of them were sentient.
Bottom line: it's not merely our right to question our government, it's our duty.I wonder - what was George Clooney saying when people were exercising their duty to question the government in the form of Clinton's lying to investigators and making up privileges, what were Clooney et al saying?
Whatever the consequences. We can't demand freedom of speech then turn around and say, But please don't say bad things about us. You gotta be a grown up and take your hits.Koff koff koff
I am a liberal. Fire away.OK, here goes.
How can you tell George Clooney is wrong, out of touch, and telling about one third of the truth?
His lips are moving.
Have your people call my people, George. I'll try not to intimidate you too badly.Posted by Mitch at March 14, 2006 07:38 AM | TrackBack