After the election I saw a segment of the Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC that made me stand up and applaud (I was alone and thankfully no one saw me acting like a loon). Many people don’t like Maddow because she is an abashed liberal and….ahem…./whisper voice/ openly gay. What most of those people don’t understand is that she is an assiduously honest person and a damn fine journalist. I have seen her interview many people with conservative political views (and some extreme liberal ones too). If the interviewee (regardless of party affiliation) has said something patently ridiculous or false she ALWAYS calls them on it but ALWAYS in an extremely polite and professional manner. I’ve never seen her lose her temper and, believe me, there have been times when I thought she ought to. Another thing that I like that I rarely see other TV journalists do is admit when she is wrong. If she misstates the facts or passed on false information, she corrects herself on air and on her journal. If she expressed an opinion based on something false, she re-considers that opinion and she tells us about it. If she does something that she thinks wasn’t polite or inappropriate she acknowledges it and apologizes to the person wronged, publicly. There used to be a time when all of our journalists did this. Sadly that day has long since passed.
Anyway, this wasn’t supposed to be an ad for Maddow, nor was it supposed to embarrass myself by telling you of my loud proclamation of approval in my empty apartment. No, it was to let you know how awesome I think her summary of the election results were and how much I agree with her. Please take the time to read it.
That happened! That really happened. We are not going to have a
Supreme Court that will overturn Roe versus Wade. There will be no more
Antonin Scalias and Samuel Alitos added to this court.
We`re not going to repeal health reform. Nobody is going to kill
Medicare and make old people in this generation or any other generation
fight it out on the open market to try to get themselves health insurance.
We are not going to do that.
We are not going to give a 20 percent tax cut to millionaires and
billionaires and expect programs like food stamps and kid`s insurance to
cover the cost of that tax cut.
We`re not going to make you clear it with your boss if you want to get birth
control under the insurance plan that you`re on.
We are not going to redefine rape.
We are not going to amend the United States Constitution to stop gay
people from getting married.
We are not going to double Guantanamo.
We are not eliminating the Department of Energy or the Department of
Education or housing at the federal level.
We are not going to spend $2 trillion on the military that the
military does not want. We are not scaling back on student loans, because
the country`s new plan is that you should borrow money from your parents.
We are not vetoing the DREAM Act. We are not self-deporting. We are
not letting Detroit go bankrupt.
We are not starting a trade war with China on Inauguration Day in
January. We are not going to have, as a president, a man who once led a
mob of friends to run down a scared, gay kid, to hold him down and forcibly
cut his hair off with a pair of scissors while that kid cried and screamed
for help and there was no apology, not ever.
We are not going to have a Secretary of State John Bolton. We are not
bringing Dick Cheney back. We are not going to have a foreign policy shop
stocked with architects of the Iraq war. We are not going to do it.
We had the chance to do that if we wanted to do that, as a country.
And we said no, last night, loudly.