I heard a little buzz about Olbermann’s great moment in TV history late last night, but had not found the time to go watch the video. Stuart O’Neill of Political Dogfight emailed me a while ago to let me know he had the video and transcript up on his blog. I watched the video a short time ago, and took some time to digest it. It’s stuff like this that makes me proud to be an American.
In a post here last night, I noted that the Bush administration is on full assault against the Democrats in preparation for the mid-term elections. Keith Olbermann’s brilliant commentary last night was about Rumsfeld’s speech to the American Legion on Tuesday. Rumsfeld’s speech has certainly drawn the ire of many including our own Virginia Cotts who nailed Rummy on his hypocrisy here.
It bears noting that few in the media have had the courage or the audacity to stand up to the Bush administration in the past 5 years. Keith Olbermann’s stand last night was nothing short of brilliant and masterful. It brought tears to my eyes, put a lump in my throat and yes, made me proud to be an American.
An American not afraid to stand up and speak the truth. An American not willing to buy into fearmongering and empty promises. A proud liberal who stands on the principle that dissent is patriotic and it is right and just to question our government when our government takes us down the wrong path. Olbermann’s commentary took me back a few months to John Kerry’s speech at Faneuil Hall on ‘Dissent‘ when he said:
I believe now as strongly and proudly as I did thirty-five years ago that the most important way to support the troops is to tell the truth, and to ensure we do not ask young Americans to die in a cause that falls short of the ideals of this country.
When we protested the war in Vietnam some would weigh in against us saying: “My country right or wrong.” Our response was simple: “Yes, my country right or wrong. When right, keep it right and when wrong, make it right.” And that’s what we must do again today.
Go watch the video on Stuart’s ‘Political Interviews‘ and read the transcript. Then, please take the time to write MSNBC and let them know you stand with Olbermann in his defense of America. Stuart has all the contact info and some suggestions about emails here.
America needs more journalists like Keith Olbermann and less who “allow them [the GOP] to be able to try to transform failure into an offensive policy to suggest that someone is weak because they have an alternative that works.”