Wednesday, January 24, 2007


We've been searching this a.m. for a transcript of Jim Webb's Democratic response last night to El Presidente's SOTU address. Found both a transcript and the video on Think Progress. If you missed it, it's worth a viewing. Webb had everything Bush (or "Dim Son," as he's now been nicknamed) lacked ... clarity, brevity, and good writing (Webb, we're told, wrote the short speech himself).

Webb also has a grasp of American history, in a section of the speech that has been overlooked because of his strong words about Iraq:

Regarding the economic imbalance in our country, I am reminded of the situation President Theodore Roosevelt faced in the early days of the 20th century. America was then, as now, drifting apart along class lines. The so-called robber barons were unapologetically raking in a huge percentage of the national wealth. The dispossessed workers at the bottom were threatening revolt.

Roosevelt spoke strongly against these divisions. He told his fellow Republicans that they must set themselves "as resolutely against improper corporate influence on the one hand as against demagogy and mob rule on the other." And he did something about it.

I flashed on Congresswoman Virginia Foxx & her fellow rubberstampers, constantly informing us peons out here that the U.S. economy is the best it's ever been. She's speaking from HER vantagepoint, which ain't too far away from those she serves, the 21st century robber barons.

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