A Chill Wind

More Tim Robbins – A Transcript of Robbins’ Speech to the National Press Club:

“In the 19 months since 9-11, we have seen our democracy compromised by fear and hatred. Basic inalienable rights, due process, the sanctity of the home have been quickly compromised in a climate of fear. A unified American public has grown bitterly divided, and a world population that had profound sympathy and support for us has grown contemptuous and distrustful, viewing us as we once viewed the Soviet Union, as a rogue state. “

5 thoughts on “A Chill Wind

  1. it still surprises me that these kinds of situations can be true:

    Another relative tells me of a school board decision to cancel a civics event that was proposing to have a moment of silence for those who have died in the war because the students were including dead Iraqi civilians in their silent prayer.

  2. A well given speech, if only it had come from Tom Cruise or some other ‘super’ big-wig in Hollywood, as it would likely have gotten much more coverage. A good read is the book, “Rogue State” by William Blum, and if you want to read something truly frightening, find a copy of the USA Patriot Act. Now that beats any horror movie I have seen.

  3. It all really is a matter of convienience. I have to admit that it is well written but it wouldn’t matter all that much who delivered it. Tom Cruise could have delivered the speech but then he would have been black listed and termed a ‘terrorist sympathizer’ for not being a bloody-mouthed animal. Who else is big? George Lucas? He wouldn’t touch it with a 10 foot lightsaber. Too much at risk financially. Sorry about the term ‘bloody-mouthed’, if it seems weird, it’s because Italians are wacky.
    War to America is about slogans and following the party line. Those that fail to do so are considered deviants or irrelevant or in worst case situations, the enemy.
    I’m going to stop before I get going. If anyone wants to rant with me on this, grab me for coffee and bring a rifle so we can stop those dangerous squirrels from attacking.


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