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George Clooney made a great acceptance speech at the Oscars a few weeks ago - he said he was proud to be a part of the Hollywood crowd, who've been attacked by the extreme right for being out of step with the rest of us.  He reminded us that Hollywood's been at the fore-front when it comes to speaking out against Apartheid, demanding funding for Aids research, and standing up for minorities and civil rights. George spoke for me.

Bono of U2 has been a leading advocate for eradicating poverty and Aids - he even made the cover of Time Magazine (with Bill & Melinda Gates) as "man of the year".  Bono speaks for me.

Makes me wonder why we have to look to Hollywood to give voice to what we're feeling now.  Our Senators and Congress-Critters should be doing that for us - but they're not.  At least when it comes to Feingold's call for censuring Bush.

I'm not sure how many Boston Legal fans there are out there, but I find myself looking for the text of the closing arguments of one of the main characters after each episode.  The writers have taken on the credit card industry, corporate raiders... you name it and they've gone after it in a way that would make any true progressive proud.  Last night they went after the Bush Administration.  They put in to words what I'm feeling in a very eloquent and powerful way.

Well I just found the text on an ABC message board for last night's show and it's spectacular.  I thought others might appreciate what the show's writers have to say about the current state of affairs in our great land.  Our civil liberties are being trashed and our nation's good name is in the toilet thanks to BushCo.  This transcript says it all...

(By way of background - Spader is defending a co-worker arrested for tax evasion.  She'd had enough of what our governemt's done in our name and sent in her tax return - blank - with "STICK IT" tacked to the form)...

"When the weapons of mass destruction thing turned out to be not true, I expected the American people to rise up... they didn't.

Then, when the Abu Ghraib torture thing surfaced and it was revealed that our government participated in rendition, a practice where we kidnap people and turn them over to regimes who specialize in torture, I was sure then the American people would be heard from. We stood mute.

Then came the news that we jailed thousands of so-called terrorists suspects, locked them up without the right to a trial or even the right to confront their accusers. Certainly we would never stand for that, we did.

And now it's been discovered the executive branch has been conducting massive, illegal, domestic surveillance on its' own citizens. You and me. And I atleast consoled myself that finally, finally, the American people will have had enough. Evidentally we haven't.

In fact, if the people of this country have spoken, the message is we're okay with it all. Torture, warrantless search and seizure, illegal wiretappings, prison without a fair trial or any trial, war on false pretenses. We as a citizenry are apparently not offended.

There are no demonstrations on college campuses. In fact there's no clear indication that young people seem to notice.

...

She could have protested the old fashioned way, made a plackard and demonstrated at a presidential or vice-presidential appearance, but we've lost the right to that as well. The secret service can now declare free speech zones to contain, control and in effect criminalize protest.

Stop for a second and try to fathom that.

At a presidential rally, parade, or appearance, if you have on a supportive t-shirt... you can be there. If you are wearing or carrying something in protest, you can be removed.

This in the United States of America.

This in the United States of America.

...

What I'm most sick and tired of... is how every time somebody disagrees with how the government is handling things, he/she is labeled UN-AMERICAN.

(Lawyer: Evidentally it's speech time.)

And speech in this country is FREE, you hack! Free for me, free for you.

I object to governments abusing its power to squash the constitutional freedoms of its citizenry. And God forbid anybody challenge it, there smeared as being a heretic.

Melissa Hughes is an American!

Melissa Hughes is an American!

Melissa Hughes is an American!

...

Last night I went to bed with a book. Not as much fun as a 29yr. old, but the book contained a speech by Adlai Stevenson. The year was 1952, he said,

"The tragedy of our day is the climate of fear in which we live, and fear breeds repression. Too often, sinister threats to the bill of rights, to freedom of the mind are concealed under the patriotic cloak of anti-communism."

Today, it's the cloak of Anti-Terrorism. Stevenson also remarked, "It's far easier to fight for principles, than to live up to them."

I know we are all afraid, but the bill of rights... we have to live up to that. We simply must."

ME AGAIN Alan Shore speaks for me.  What say you?

Originally posted to Alegre on Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 10:18 AM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    Seriously - this was one kick-ass argument.  I wish the boston legal writers could go to work for some of our candidates this year in the mid-term elections.  They've framed things so eloquently with those first four points!

    (Hey if anyone knows how to indent quotes I'd appreciate the tip).

    Bloggin' with a bar of soap and my car window IMPEACH -8.75 / -6.10

    by Alegre on Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 10:19:08 AM PST

    •  Religion (0+ / 0-)
      you for got religious leaders and not, or the Bible. The Bible should never be used to glorify The religious cults, for none of them teach or follow the teaching of the Bible!

      Trusting the Republicans to run Government is like playing Russian Roulette with six bullets in the revolver.

      by roxnev on Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 11:03:06 AM PST

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  •  Poll (0+ / 0-)

    Not sure how to answer your poll, but clearly we need to see some action out of our elected representatives.  Aren't they supposed to be speaking for us?  Isn't that their job?

    It is supposed to be Hollywood's job to entertain me.  Well, they suck at that, so maybe performers and congress-critters ought to switch for awhile, because most Senators are very entertaining.  Arlen's "debate" after the censure resolution was hysterical!

    •  Poll (0+ / 0-)

      Was mostly an after-thought.  I was really impressed with the job the writers did in summing up the garbage that's been going on lately.

      And Spader's performance was... well spell-binding.

      You're right for the most part - hollywood doesn't do a very good job of entertaining us.  I rarely watch shows on the regular networks, and could probably list on one hand the number of shows I make a point of watching each week.  Boston Legal is one of the top shows out there right now as far as I'm concerned.

      Like I said - I wish it's writers would go to work for some of our candidates in close races.  If we could frame things like this we'd be winners in Nov. for sure!

      Bloggin' with a bar of soap and my car window IMPEACH -8.75 / -6.10

      by Alegre on Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 10:35:10 AM PST

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  •  hollywood sometimes (0+ / 0-)

    uses their access and privledge for positive things. i
    get annoyed with people who diss bono. just because he's a rock n roll star people don't take his politics seriously. like somehow it's unhip for movie stars and rock stars to speak out. i'm generalizing here a bit and going out on a limb but i think we are used to seeing actors and musicians as mindless, money driven, attention whores. but beleive it or not, they are real people just like us. and if they can use their success to shed light on issues. power to them. so in some respects, people like bono and george speak for me, but no more than the average jo here at kos.

  •  Sez who? (0+ / 0-)

    Hollywood has never spoken for me, but I have to admit it's gotten better at doing so since the days of D.W. Griffith.

    I've always figured I was on my own when it came to speaking for myself or for anything.  That no one is speaking for me doesn't seem like a new revelation.

    Lately I've kind of felt that Sarah Vowell has been speaking for me, but that happens to me with an author from time to time.  Still, I can't think of a book I've read that I've related to as well as Take the Cannoli. This book has made me feel so much less lonely, and has given me hope, even though I don't think that's what it was expressly designed to do.  Or maybe it was.  Anyway, bravo, Sarah.

    Of course Oceania has WMDs. It's always had them. That's why we're at war.

    by Kurt Kaletka on Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 10:34:31 AM PST

  •  I saw the show last night and thought.. (1+ / 0-)
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    ... might be something worthy of a diary. Thank you.

    My right leaning wife, who readily admitted last week that she doesn't think everything Bush has done is right, is a big fan of the show. She is most decidedly a fan of Spader's character, Alan Shore. She will usually tell me after the show that if they come and put her in jail, I am to call Alan Shore.

    "Check," I'll reply, "Call Paulie Shore." No. "Daniel Shore." No! "Dinah Shore?" This passes for stimulating conversation around our house.

    So we sat there in stone silence watching this performance and I wondered if she would again ask me to call him to her defense this week. She did not. Maybe next week. I think I'll try and get the name right.

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