This video (h/t dday at Hullabaloo) was too good not to share.
Thirty years ago, there were Seven Words you could never say on teevee.
Now there are five.
Even though that is a simple, verifiable, God's Honest truth the results of which you can see around you in a hundred ways every single day, you are never, ever, ever allowed to say that out loud anywhere in the Big Dollar Media without shit raining down on your head.
(Which is why I have completely given up on the Big Dollar Media, except as a project in amateur cultural anthropology; to see what the gullible and the desperately stupid are willing to settle for in the name of pretending to watch "the news". I mean, how long would you bother to watch a weather report if the meteorologists who pointed at the map categorically refused to tell you if it was raining, or snowing, or cold, or sunny, or Rapturing outside because the rules of their profession forbade them from picking one over the others?)
And there they are in all their glory; a clown-car full of Serious Journalists reacting in absolute incredulity-bordering-on-horror at the sight of some guy telling the truth about Republicans.
Villagers: Isn't saying mean things about Republicans exactly as bad as Joe Wilson screaming "Liar" at the President in front of 40 million people?
Villagers: Why? Why why why why?!
Because I am telling the truth and can back it up, and Joe Wilson was lying.
Villagers: But won't saying mean things about Republicans get in the way of Almighty Bipartisanship, Hallowed Be Its Name?
Republicans don't give a roaches' taint about working with Democrats and never have.
Villagers:But...but...but...saying that that is so mean!
But it's true.
Villager: But isn't saying mean things about Republicans exactly as bad segregation!
No. And what I'm saying is true. Why doesn't that matter to you? What the fuck is fucking WRONG with you people?
Villagers: But isn't saying mean things about Republicans just as bad as praying to Allah for the Sun to explode?
Villager: Isn't saying mean things about Republicans as bad as setting fire to a bus full of widows with an Easter Bunny!
Villagers: Feeding live babies to a dog?
James Carville: Boy howdy, ah tell you at least this man haid the guts to come right ohn The Situation Room ™ and say what he said!
Wolf Blitzer: Yes. He did come on The Situation Room ™.
Villagers: Yes. Yes. How very brave of him come on the The Situation Room ™.
And that is what elevates this from mere farce to tragedy: the fact that our public discourse has become so arch, empty, encrypted and craven that after treating the simple act of telling the unvarnished truth with sneering incredulity for about nine minutes, our Serious Journalists eventually lapse into something that sounded quite a lot like...awe.
Especially in the last bit where Wolf Blitzer wanted some kind of second-by-second vicarious "Tell us what was going through your mind" thrill-ride experience.
As if Grayson had just climbed Everest in a tuxedo, or stopped a runaway train with his chin.
And that is why this is a tragedy. Because that is the world in which you and I now live: a world in which merely being honest is an act of such incomprehensible bravery in the eyes of our pampered, wildly-overpaid Serious Journalists that after all the eye-rolling and jeering dies down, they will gather 'round Representative Grayson like city kids around their Cowboy Uncle and ask in amazement:
"Please, oh, please tell us, Obi Wan, what it's really like to ride a horse, shoot a gun, and stand up and tell the fucking truth about something!"