Wednesday, January 24, 2007

PSK '07

Jim Webb gave the Democratic response to the State of the Union address last night. Damn boy, he kicked the shit out of the stadium. I haven't heard a speech like that in a long time. Also, plus 2 for Webb almost losing his shit and cracking up like three quarters of the way through. Don't see that enough. It was eloquent, impassioned an contained that good old "Fuck You, I'm a Progressive" attitude that we've been missing in the Clinton Democrat era. While the full transcript can be found here, I'll provide my favorite highlights:
In the early days of our republic, President Andrew Jackson established an important principle of American-style democracy — that we should measure the health of our society not at its apex, but at its base. Not with the numbers that come out of Wall Street, but with the living conditions that exist on Main Street. We must recapture that spirit today.
Dre Jack is a good character to bust out the pocket- rugged, ill haircut and old. Webb went on to cite figures about how much CEOs made when he started working (20x the average worker's salary) versus now (400x) and made sure to mention that this is a blue collar and white collar problem. By this point, dude was putting motherfuckers on blast.
Like so many other Americans, today and throughout our history, we serve and have served, not for political reasons, but because we love our country. On the political issues — those matters of war and peace, and in some cases of life and death — we trusted the judgment of our national leaders. We hoped that they would be right, that they would measure with accuracy the value of our lives against the enormity of the national interest that might call upon us to go into harm¹s way.

We owed them our loyalty, as Americans, and we gave it. But they owed us — sound judgment, clear thinking, concern for our welfare, a guarantee that the threat to our country was equal to the price we might be called upon to pay in defending it.
Webb mentioned the service of his father (Berlin airlift), brother (Nam) and son (Iraq) as well as his own so people see he's not one of those Communist Pornographers like most Dems, just a Socialist Sodomite with a military background. But seriously, he raked the C in C over the fucking coals here, basically calling Bush's calculus for the value of a person's life into serious question and making a truly forceful charge of reckless endangerment. Watch out, money shot coming up:

On both of these vital issues, our economy and our national security, it falls upon those of us in elected office to take action.

Regarding the economic imbalance in our country, I am reminded of the situation President Theodore Roosevelt faced in the early days of the 20th century. America was then, as now, drifting apart along class lines. The so-called robber barons were unapologetically raking in a huge percentage of the national wealth. The dispossessed workers at the bottom were threatening revolt.

Roosevelt spoke strongly against these divisions. He told his fellow Republicans that they must set themselves "as resolutely against improper corporate influence on the one hand as against demagogy and mob rule on the other."And he did something about it.

As I look at Iraq, I recall the words of former general and soon-to-be President Dwight Eisenhower during the dark days of the Korean War, which had fallen into a bloody stalemate. "When comes the end?" asked the General who had commanded our forces in Europe during World War II. And as soon as he became President, he brought the Korean War to an end.

These presidents took the right kind of action, for the benefit of the American people and for the health of our relations around the world. Tonight we are calling on this president to take similar action, in both areas. If he does, we will join him. If he does not, we will be showing him the way.

P.S. George Bush also gave a speech last night in which he made a bunch of gradiose statements about national values and our collective future backed not by policy but by Dikembe Mutumbo.

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