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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A Particularly Good Special Comment From Keith Olbermann



The close:
There is a tide, pushing back the rights of each of us, and it has been artificially induced by union bashing, and the sowing of hatreds and fears, and now this ever-more-institutionalized economic battering of the average American. It will continue and it will crush us, because those who created it are organized unified and hell-bent, and the only response is to be organized unified and hell-bent in return.

We must find again the energy and the purpose of the 1960's and early 1970's and we must protest this deal and all the goddamned deals to come in the streets. We must rise, non-violently but insistently - general strikes, boycotts, protests, sit-ins, non-cooperation, take-overs - but modern versions of that resistance, facilitated and amplified by a weapon our predecessors did not have: The glory that is instantaneous communication.

It is from an old and almost cliche motion picture that the wisdom comes: First. You've. Got. To Get. Mad. I cannot say to you, "me," "here," or "this hour or that one" and we'll peacefully break the back of government that now exists merely to get its functionaries re-elected. But I can say that the time is coming when the window for us to restore the control of
our government to to our selves will close, and we had damn well better act before then. Because this deal is more than a tipping point in which the government goes from protecting the safety net to gutting it. This is wrong, and now that our government has declared that it has given up the concept of right and wrong, you and I have not, and will not, do so.

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