Tonight, we heard a powerful essay from Keith Olberman at the end of his regular broadcast on MSNBC. It was precipitated by the Rumsfeld/Cheney road show of late that refers to "Islamo-fascism" and how those who criticize our government's response to it are either ignorant, or traitorous. It will probably be on You Tube in just a few minutes, but here is the link to the transcript
"It [the claim that critics are ignorant] demands the deep analysis and the sober contemplation of every American.
For it did not merely serve to impugn the morality or intelligence - indeed, the loyalty of the majority of Americans who oppose the transient occupants of the highest offices in the land;
Worse, still, it credits those same transient occupants - our employees with a total omniscience; a total omniscience which neither common sense, nor
this administration's track record at home or abroad, suggests they deserve. Dissent and disagreement with government is the life's blood of human freedom;
And not merely because it is the first roadblock against the kind of tyranny the men Mr. Rumsfeld likes to think of as "his" troops still fight, this very evening, in Iraq.
It [dissent] is also essential. Because just every once in awhile it is right and the power to which it speaks, is wrong."