In Germany, they came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I
wasn’t a Communist;
And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t
speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist;
And then they came for the Jews,
And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew;
And then . . . they came for
me . . . And by that time there was no one left to speak up."
Lest you start to believe that I have changed my mind and become a follower of the Great Gray Pretender somewhere during this long, drawn out post, let me explain where I have an issue with George and his "I'll speak out for the weak and disenfranchised no matter what the cost to me, the benevolent and brave hearted liberal guy" attitude. George is all over this issue with Darfur. I mean he's speaking out to "generate lifesaving humanitarian assistance and protection for the vulnerable, marginalized, and displaced". This according to the "Not On Our Watch" organization George and some of his Hollywood buds have founded. Yay, George. Great work. Sounds very important and bold. But let me ask you something...why is the plight of these people so much more important than that of the Iraqi people when they were under the rule of Saddam Hussein? I mean here's a guy that was a known tyrant, a brutal butcher of men, women and children, a man many recognized as a genocidal rapist and a monster. Yet I don't remember hearing George getting all upset about that. I don't remember him lecturing politicians and citizens alike on our responsibility to help those who were suffering there. No, no, no. In fact, in an article posted in March 2006 on WorldNetDaily, George blasted Democrats who were reticent to criticize President Bush and question his reasons for invading Iraq in the early days of the operation saying:
"The fear of been criticized can be paralyzing. Just look at the way so many
Democrats caved in the run up to the war. In 2003, a lot of us were saying,
where is the link between Saddam and bin Laden? What does Iraq have to do with
9-11? We knew it was bulls---. Which is why it drives me crazy to hear all these
Democrats saying, 'We were misled.' It makes me want to shout, 'F--- you'; you
weren't misled. You were afraid of being called unpatriotic."
"I stand by that. It was the dumbest thing that my country could have done. As
an actor in the public eye, I have a responsibility. I see myself as a spokesman
for all those who have the same opinion," the report quotes him as saying.