April 11, 2007

Throughout history there have been thousands of works of fine artistry, whether on canvas, or paper, in marble, or on celluloid. Sprinkled amongst those are hundreds of masterpieces, but within those are yet another subset even more transcendent. These are the sine qua non pieces, the peerless moments, singular passages, and sole individuals who embody inspired genius. “Me thinks the lady doeth protest too much,” as a metaphor for the guilty over-protesting their innocence is perhaps one of history’s truly inspired turns of phrase. This from a man who turned out masterwork turns of phrases as casually as Fords. Thank you Mr. Shakespeare.

I bring this up because I’m starting to think that a particular “lady” is perhaps protesting too much. In this case, the lady in question is the Grand Old Party, who is letting herself be spoken for by hirsute conservatives such as Jonah Goldberg and Bill O’Reilly. The other lady involved in this story is Rosie O’Donnell, who dared to question the veracity of the official 9/11 story on open mic television the other morning. Apparently open, unscripted discussion is more then the GOP can risk any longer because both Mssr. Goldberg and O’Reilly, and a lot of lesser known Right-wingers, are screaming for Ms. O’Donnell’s removal from the public discourse.

What was Ms. O’Donnell’s crime? She brought up her concerns, concerns shared by millions of other Americans. Like millions of other Internet users, Rosie had finally seen the 9/11 “conspiracy” sites, most notably (video) and (video), and she wanted to talk about them. That is what they do on The View, it’s a womens’ morning show, they talk about their concerns.

The videos, by the way, are famous for making the point that in the history of high-rise construction that prior to 9/11 no steel-framed building had ever collapsed due to fire. It’s a valid point. (Watch the videos. They will leave you wondering.) But if a fire couldn’t have brought down those buildings, what did? That’s what a lot of people have been asking. That’s what O’Donnell dared to ask.

And, that’s what certain segments in the Right-wing are objecting too. They are screaming that anyone who watches these videos is anti-American, anti-Christian, not-supporting out troops, etc. The government is so innocent we are told, that such discussion of possible guilt cannot even be tolerated. Well, that to me, sounds suspiciously like the lady protesting too much.

Mr. O’Reilly and Mr. Goldberg, I’ve got some news for you.

Long before you two troglodytes dragged yourselves out of the slime there were principled Americans on this continent who actually believed in something other then imperialism and theocracy. Some of them, even now, are Republicans. They’re not about to let you two tell them that they are anti-American just because they are starting to wonder if George Bush and his theocrat buddies might have pulled a fast one on America. Yes, it may simply be a wacky conspiracy theory, or it may be the truth, but how dare you call them anti-American for using their god-given minds to make their own analysis! That’s their prerogative. And that goes for Ms. O’Donnell too.


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