Re: Democracy held hostage

Date: Sun Sep 30 2001 - 17:56:20 MDT

In a message dated 9/30/01 8:32:44 AM, writes:

>"[White House spokesman Ari] Fleischer used the Maher controversy to
>issue this creepy Orwellian pronouncement: "Americans need to watch what
>they say, watch what they do, and this is not a time for remarks like
>that; there never is." (Creepier still, someone in the White House then
>took scissors to the official transcript of Fleischer's remarks to make
>them less chilling.)"

The controversy about Maher concerns me. All he said was that, contrary
to W's claims, flying a plane into a building is a brave act (however
while shooting cruise missles from 2 countries away is the cowardly action.
He's absolutely right; it just points out that (to paraphrase Jon Clark)
bravery is an overrated virtue and cowardliness an overrated vice. It's
Fleischer who should be cashiered; demanding that the whole country
must always fall in with Orwell-speak is frightening and inexcuseable.

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