Friday, April 7, 2006

A First Amendment moment...

Yesterday, at one of Bush's bullshitapaloozas in Charlotte, a guy named Harry Taylor laid into him. Video and a transcriot at Think Progress.

Q You never stop talking about freedom, and I appreciate that. But while I listen to you talk about freedom, I see you assert your right to tap my telephone, to arrest me and hold me without charges, to try to preclude me from breathing clean air and drinking clean water and eating safe food. If I were a woman, you'd like to restrict my opportunity to make a choice and decision about whether I can abort a pregnancy on my own behalf. You are -

THE PRESIDENT: I'm not your favorite guy. Go ahead. (Laughter and applause.) Go on, what's your question?

Q Okay, I don't have a question. What I wanted to say to you is that I - in my lifetime, I have never felt more ashamed of, nor more frightened by my leadership in Washington, including the presidency, by the Senate, and -


THE PRESIDENT: No, wait a sec - let him speak.

Q And I would hope - I feel like despite your rhetoric, that compassion and common sense have been left far behind during your administration, and I would hope from time to time that you have the humility and the grace to be ashamed of yourself inside yourself. And I also want to say I really appreciate the courtesy of allowing me to speak what I'm saying to you right now. That is part of what this country is about.

Thanks, Mr. Taylor, for showing some sack at one of these phony "unscripted" bullshit sessions amongst delusional Bush supporters. Bush has it coming, and much more besides.

I'd love to be able to do something like that, but since I probably couldn't keep it together that well in Bush's presence, I'm glad I'm not going to get to. His handlers wouldn't let me within a country mile of the Great Poobah. I'm a little too direct. My dream is to get him by the stackin' swivel, shake him hard and tell him what I think of him and what he's done in no uncertain (or printable) terms. I'd pour it on like it was the one-time deal it most certainly would be. Fuck civility in the presence of evil.

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