Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Television Congressional Democrats Should Watch

By their own admission, the fine folks at BuzzFlash “…never thought we would be giving the BuzzFlash "Wings of Justice Award" to the people associated with a weekly TV program.” But, as they also say, “we were wrong.”

If you have time for nothing else today, please watch this clip from the show “Boston Legal” in which the lawyer played by James Spader gives a riveting closing argument in defense of a young woman protesting our government by refusing to pay taxes. It's one of the most stirring pieces of television I’ve ever seen.

An excerpt:
When the weapons of mass destruction thing turned out to be not true, I expected the American people to rise up. Ha! They didn't.

Then, when the Abu Ghraib torture thing surfaced and it was revealed that our government participated in rendition, a practice where we kidnap people and turn them over to regimes who specialize in torture, I was sure then the American people would be heard from. We stood mute.

Then came the news that we jailed thousands of so-called terrorists suspects, locked them up without the right to a trial or even the right to confront their accusers. Certainly, we would never stand for that. We did.

And now, it's been discovered the executive branch has been conducting massive, illegal, domestic surveillance on its own citizens. You and me. And I at least consoled myself that finally, finally the American people will have had enough. Evidentially, we haven't.
You can read the transcript here but you really should watch the video clip.

You’ll be glad you did and, like me, you’ll wonder what the hell would be so hard about some of our representatives in Washington expressing the same sentiments.