Here is part of a post by DB at Eschaton.
"That is right up until the very last moment when, after someone brought up the question of the whether the Democrats will be able to present an effective alternative to Bush in the next election, Joe Klein shouted out, “Well they won’t if their message is that they hate America—which is what has been the message of the liberal wing of the part for the past twenty years.”
Excuse me, but I think this is worth some attention. It’s not about Klein per se, who after all, is best known to most Americans as the guy who lost his job at both Newsweek and CBS News for purposely misleading editors, readers and viewers in order to increase his own personal profit as the allegedly “anonymous” author of “Primary Colors.” (He also [classily] attacked the reputation of the linguist who figured out his identity in New York Magazine.)
What is important, however, is the fact that Time is America’s highest circulation newsweekly. And since it fired Margaret Carlson, Joe Klein, believe it or not, is its most liberal columnist.
That’s right. The most liberal columnist at the America’s largest weekly newsmagazine pretends that the message of liberals for the past twenty years has been that they “hate America,” just as if he were reading from talking points issued by Karl Rove, Rush Limbaugh or Ann Coulter. (Don’t get me started.)
Once again I am forced to say, “What the hell is going on here?”
Well, what is going on here?
Perhaps, a lot of dishonesty.
I don't know about you, but if you don't hate America right now,
why don't you?
We overthrow democraticly elected governments,
We kill and murder 100s of thousands of innocent humans,
so that we can control the natural resources that they possess,
And we do it in the name of the higher principles we should hold dear.
We have a democracy that is in shambles.
Votes aren't counted accurately anymore.
The poor are excluded in oh so many ways.
We even vote on a work day instead of over the weekend.
Our news is now firmly under the thumb of corporate hegemony.
We are leading the world towards calamity in our position on
We are misleading our citizens about our declining natural resource base.
We continue to perpetuate the capitalist myth of perpetual growth.
We have deified Capital.
We rule the world through fear instead of hope.
We bully our allies and alienate those who would be.
We take our lies to the UN and solemnly swear over them.
Meanwhile we bug the phone calls of their diplomats.
We imprison without trials.
We imprison the poor.
We imprison the drug addicted.
We imprison our political enemies.
We execute the insane.
We discuss the next pseudo-election power grab,
instead of the real issues.
We allow the rich to grant themselves tax relief,
while the poor fight for their lives at home and abroad.
We type on our little keyboards while babies by the millions starve.
Exactly, "What the Hell IS going on here"?
So what exactly is there not to hate?
While I was walking in Wenceslas Square in Prague a few weeks ago,
where the Velvet Revolution turned back the Paper Fist of Moscow,
I saw a young teenage girl with a patch on her backpack.
She was dressed in green, all grungy like, perhaps with dreadlocks.
The patch simply said,
Fv(k your Nationality.
As long as liberals won't admit that this America should be hated,
As long as the best of our bloggers loves his nation more than his
As long as the best and brightest among us
are afraid to say, or even worse, don't know that this country sucks
and that nationalism itself sucks,
and that almost all of our other institutions and beliefs must be seriously
reexamined and retooled,
We will continue to have the poverty, the injustice,
the violence, the destruction, the suffering, the hunger,
the exploitation, and the growing contractions of liberty,
Most of us wish to eliminate.
If we want to be free, equal, understanding, clear Citizens
of a good and prosperous and bright earth,
We need to be honest.
about why this one is not.
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