It's Rag-On-Atrios Day weekend here at WoC, with a freebie for Al Gore - the man I blame entirely for the Bush presidency. I now can look forward to blaming Duncan Black for the election of the next GOP President in late 2008.Here's Atrios:
One of my favorite parts of Gore's speech was when he called out all the cowardly whiny ass titty babies hiding under their cheetoes packages:Fear drives out reason. Fear suppresses the politics of discourse and opens the door to the politics of destruction. Justice Brandeis once wrote: "Men feared witches and burnt women."
The founders of our country faced dire threats. If they failed in their endeavors, they would have been hung as traitors. The very existence of our country was at risk.
Yet, in the teeth of those dangers, they insisted on establishing the Bill of Rights.
Is our Congress today in more danger than were their predecessors when the British army was marching on the Capitol? Is the world more dangerous than when we faced an ideological enemy with tens of thousands of missiles poised to be launched against us and annihilate our country at a moment's notice? Is America in more danger now than when we faced worldwide fascism on the march-when our fathers fought and won two World Wars simultaneously?
Just for the record...Corwallis' surrender at Yorktown - Oct. 19, 1781. Passage of the Bill of Rights - Dec. 15, 1791. A lot happened in that decade...It is simply an insult to those who came before us and sacrificed so much on our behalf to imply that we have more to be fearful of than they. Yet they faithfully protected our freedoms and now it is up to us to do the same.The actual speech was a wee different than the prepared remarks which is what I'm quoting, but you get the idea [ he didn't actually say the two world wars simultaneously part, which unless I'm confused makes no sense]
[emphasis added by me - A.L.]
Duncan Black has a doctorate?
Just for fun, let's see if the error is in Dr. Duncan's gloss of Gore's speech, or the speech itself (the link above takes you to the text)....yup, it's Gore.
Dude, don't you have professional speechwriters to handle that kind of thing? And Duncan ... nice demo of the depth and breadth of your knowledge of history - makes me even more confident in flatly dismissing your grasp of current events.