[Posted in it’s entirety, since BoingBoing didn’t link to the original material]
Angry liberal guy rant
A couple of years ago, C.B. Shapiro wrote a terrific proposal to allow the red states to secede from the blue states. He’s back again with a new piece, titled “Hark, the Angry Liberal Sings.”
Theres been some ink spilled lately denigrating so called angry liberals, that is, people who have allegedly lost their right to be taken seriously because they are angry. And they are liberal.
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 angry thing, I tried — if I was asked, I claimed I was a peeved moderate. Or a mildly upset centrist. But after much work through BIT (Blog Immersion Therapy), I stopped feeling the shame. Im coming out of the closet to announce I am an Angry Liberal Guy. And I am pissed.
You might be saying Man, what are you so angry about, Angry Liberal Guy?
Ive compiled a short (and by no means complete) list just so I could see it all in one place:
Im angry about the shredding of the constitution illegal wiretaps falsified intelligence secret prisons use of torture as an accepted means of interrogation Terry Schiavo the war on science denial of Global Warming the fascistic secrecy of our elected officials presidential signings that declare the President above the law the breakdown of the wall between church and state the outing of a clandestine CIA agent for purely partisan political gain the corrupting influence of K Street the total sell-out of the legislative process to corporate interests appointments of unqualified cronies at every level of government Harriet Miers Brownie Abu Ghraib Scooter the complete mismanagement of the war in Iraq the lies about the complete mismanagement of the war in Iraq the grotesque budget deficits the pathetic response to Katrina a civil rights division dedicated to undermining civil rights an environmental protection agency that refuses to protect the environment (Take a breath, Angry Liberal Guy.)
And Im 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 dont 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