Via BoingBoing, C.B. Shapiro has written an amazing piece of work, titled “Hark, the Angry Liberal Sings“. I’ll let his words explain, he does a much better job than I ever could, and I couldn’t agree with him more:
Thereâs been some ink spilled lately denigrating so called âangry liberals,â that is, people who have allegedly lost their right to be taken seriously because they are âangry.â And they are âliberal.â
Well, I hereby declare myself a charter member in the ALC (Angry Liberal Club).
Sure, at first I felt guilty — what right do I have as a patriotic American to be angry? Or liberal? Oh, I tried to repress the âangry thing,â I tried — if I was asked, I claimed I was a âpeeved moderate.â Or a âmildly upset centrist.â But after much work through âBITâ (Blog Immersion Therapy), I stopped feeling the shame. Iâm coming out of the closet to announce I am an Angry Liberal Guy. And I am pissed.
You might be saying âMan, what are you so angry about, Angry Liberal Guy?â?
Iâve compiled a short (and by no means complete) list just so I could see it all in one place:
Iâm angry about the shredding of the constitutionâ¦illegal wiretapsâ¦falsified intelligenceâ¦secret prisonsâ¦ use of torture as an accepted means of interrogationâ¦Terry Schiavoâ¦the war on scienceâ¦denial of Global Warmingâ¦the fascistic secrecy of our elected officialsâ¦ presidential signings that declare the President above the lawâ¦the breakdown of the wall between church and stateâ¦the outing of a clandestine CIA agent for purely partisan political gainâ¦the corrupting influence of K Streetâ¦ the total sell-out of the legislative process to corporate interestsâ¦ appointments of unqualified cronies at every level of governmentâ¦Harriet Miersâ¦Brownieâ¦Abu Ghraibâ¦ Scooter â¦the complete mismanagement of the war in Iraqâ¦the lies about the complete mismanagement of the war in Iraqâ¦the grotesque budget deficitsâ¦ the pathetic response to Katrinaâ¦ a civil rights division dedicated to undermining civil rightsâ¦an environmental protection agency that refuses to protect the environmentâ¦ (Take a breath, Angry Liberal Guy.)
And Iâm angry about a smug, simple-minded, incompetent, unqualified President, and a press that denies the obvious fact that we have a smug, simple-minded, incompetent unqualified President.
If these things donât make you angry, I have to ask — what the hell is the matter with you?
And what would it take to make you angry? — C.B. Shapiro