May 21 2009 - Thursday
Topic: "Dick Cheney won?!" Thom mixes it up with Reagan biographer Craig Shirley, President of Shirley & Bannister Public Affairs www.sbpublicaffairs.com
Topic: "News Under the Radar" Christy Harvey of the Center for American Progress visits with Thom www.americanprogress.org
Topic: "Geeky Science Rocks" our weekly update from the world of science
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Over the last two days, I've heard you mock Americans who are afraid of having people they believe are terrorists moved from Guantanamo to prisons in the United States. You called them cowards and frightened little men and women.
I can understand criticizing government officials who should know better and demagogic politicians and media personalities for whipping up this fear, but it seems out of character for you (an advocate of Gandhian principles) to be mocking people who have been misinformed into fearfulness.
If these people are conservatives, we know they tend to fear people who look or speak differently than they do. But isn't it your job as a "progressive" opinion leader to be open to understanding their fears and helping your audience do the same?
One of the complaints one often hears from non-elite conservatives is that the left looks down on them and their concerns. I don't see how mocking their fears will help winning them over to more progressive views.
It also seems strange that you love to talk to and debate the the highly paid corporately backed right-wing fear mongers, showing them great respect and often attesting to their good character. But now, you're mocking the fears the common folks that have fallen victim to the lies and distortions of these well paid propagandist.
On the other hand, just two days ago (May 19) you cut off a caller who merely asked that you have more progressive guests on your show. You told that caller, who couldn't respond because you dumped his call, that you were all the "progressive" your audience needs and you think you do a fine job, thank you very much, of representing the progressive point of view.
That seemed like a fear based response to me.
Dick Cheney is a founding member of the new GOP. Grand Oligarchy Party.
If Guantanamo is such a showplace, then why haven't Condo's been built their.
"Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
Richard Jackson - November 21, 1755
"Give me Liberty, or give me death."
Patrick Henry - March 25, 1775
Tom your show rips it up man! Makes a days work nice and good to the lunch hour.
Did Dick win? Dick is a ghost that breaths O2! His history should be visually tabbed in a bullet list every time one talks about the executive power he and the rest of the neo-con-artist have forced us to listen to on mainstream tv for these many years/decades. My brain wants a better world and a better nation, my two party trap Wall Street, K-Street Lobby gives me a good cop and a bad cop! A government gone bad a post modern industrial complex. HELP!!!!!!!!