Sunday, August 14, 2005

Sunday Morning's Best

Skip the talking heads, the pundits pronouncements and the nattering nabobs. Check out the best, most powerful words, from real people (OK, bloggers, not people) that you will find this morning.

Kid Oakland started my day off in tears with his moving memory of "an evening with Paul Wellstone." Read it and understand what our country lost that sad day in the Minnesota woods.

"He was cl
early moved to be standing where he was, and, pausing in that moment, in conclusion, he LEAPT atop the cafeteria table in front of him and stood so he could make eye contact with everyone in the room. "I am here tonight," he said, "to promise you that I will fight for you, and take your concerns to Washington D.C....I am here for you, and I am so proud, so proud to be your Senator and to serve you and the State of Minnesota."

One Pissed Off Veteran riffs off of Frank Rich's New York Times column. Rich and OPOV both have the same message for President Bush. Rich's take is a bit more polished:

"Nothing that happens on the ground in Iraq can turn around the fate of this war in America: not a shotgun constitution rushed to meet an arbitrary deadline, not another Iraqi election, not higher terrorist body counts, not another battle for Falluja (where insurgents may again regroup, The Los Angeles Times reported last week). A citizenry that was asked to accept tax cuts, not sacrifice, at the war's inception is hardly in the mood to start sacrificing now. There will be neither the volunteers nor the money required to field the wholesale additional American troops that might bolster the security situation in Iraq."

No offense to Rich, but OPOV's take cuts to the essence:

"...the asshole is holed up in his pigfarm bunker down there in Ratfuck, Texas, on vacation from all that hard-work-presidentin' while the world is burning. Why did you redstate morons vote for this asshole? And are you happy about it now, motherfuckers?"

I love it when OPOV trys to be subtle.

Another veteran, the Democratic Veteran, has a simple, moving take on Cindy Sheehan's vigil. His focus is on a small incident at Camp Casey, when Cindy Sheehan shows human compassion and caring in a way that President Bush could never hope to understand. The Huffington Post tells of Cindy's meeting with a young soldier who disagrees with her.

"...Cindy put her arm on his shoulder and, holding him to her side, walked with him out into the field. She asked the press to give them some privacy. They honored her in a way that I have never seen before. They were still shooting photos as the two walked away. Like a mother, Cindy drew the young man close, and they spoke for about five minutes -- during which the shift in his feeling was palpable. He stepped away and pulled out a book he had written about his experiences in Iraq and gave it to her. Then they hugged -- a long deep embrace."

Without wasting words Democratic Veteran asks us to compare with Cindy Sheehan did when confronted with someone who disagreed with her and what President Bush is doing about Cindy Sheehan:

"Then think of the moral differences between Cindy Sheehan and Preznit Cucumber Codpiece. Who's actually serving a Noble Cause?"

These should help start your day.