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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Give That Man a Raise

Once again Keith Olbermann spoke the truth that so many of us feel.

It is difficult to comment on his speech; he said it better than I could ever say it.

He was amazing last night. Brilliant, eloquent, poetic, honest, gut-wrenching, bold and loud.


We desperately need, in America, more of this truth speaking. He did not hold back and spoke directly to this Administration.

"And anyone who claims that I and others like me are "soft," or have "forgotten" the lessons of what happened here is at best a grasping, opportunistic, dilettante and at worst, an idiot whether he is a commentator, or a Vice President, or a President."


"Five years later this is still just a background for a photo-op."

"It is beyond shameful."

Shameful indeed.

Keith Olbermann left nothing out of his “special comment.” He took everyone to task.

"They spend the money on irrelevant wars, and elaborate self-congratulations, and buying off columnists to write how good a job they're doing instead of doing any job at all."

Again, he speaks directly to this President and his failures.

"Five years later, Mr. Bush, we are still fighting the terrorists on these streets. And look carefully, sir, on these 16 empty acres. The terrorists are clearly, still winning."

I felt like he was speaking directly to me, and my sadness, when he reminded America of what the President pissed away with his arrogance and bravado.

"History teaches us that nearly unanimous support of a government cannot be taken away from that government by its critics. It can only be squandered by those who use it not to heal a nation's wounds, but to take political advantage."

Then he did it. Then Keith Olbermann uttered the words that we have been begging our political leaders to say. The words that we say in hushed crowds of people who agree with us – stating them in mixed company brings about scolding, at best, and being added to the ‘terrorist watch list,’ at worst.

"The impolite phrase is "impeachable offense.""

I cannot read these words without crying. I cannot. Mr. Olbermann has brought home to me the desperate desire that I have for our elected leaders to fix this.

Please, fix this disaster that America has become.

"How dare you, Mr. President, after taking cynical advantage of the unanimity and love, and transmuting it into fraudulent war and needless death, after monstrously transforming it into fear and suspicion and turning that fear into the campaign slogan of three elections? How dare you -- or those around you -- ever "spin" 9/11?"

I ask our politicians, those who we have employed and who are still – even if they forget – our employees. People who we send to Washington DC to perform our will, not theirs, to remember their duty to the Constitution, and to us, and to hold to account these monsters.

"When those who dissent are told time and time again -- as we will be, if not tonight by the President, then tomorrow by his portable public chorus -- that he is preserving our freedom, but that if we use any of it, we are somehow un-American...When we are scolded, that if we merely question, we have "forgotten the lessons of 9/11"... look into this empty space behind me and the bi-partisanship upon which this administration also did not build, and tell me:"

"Who has left this hole in the ground?"

"We have not forgotten, Mr. President."

"You have."

"May this country forgive you."

Mr. Olbermann is far more generous than I. Forgiveness for the monstrous and traitorous activities of this Administration will have to be begged for, and granted, by a being far greater than I will ever be. I do not forgive them.

I am afraid that Keith Olbermann treads on thin ice. I am afraid that his days are numbered and unless MSNBC hears from us, he will not be allowed to stay on the air.

Please write Keith:

His Producers:

The Network:

If you have more than one email address, write from all of them. We absolutely must show our support for Keith Olbermann.

In addition, call your Democratic Representatives, 1-888-355-3588 and tell them to speak these truths. Tell them to come out swinging.

Steve at TLC reminds us what they are not doing and what they need to do.

I ask the Universe to keep Keith Olbermann safe. He is our last hope for an independent media and an educated society.


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