I'm in Boston today, getting ready for my standup special tomorrow night
live on HBO (last shameless plug, I promise), and walking around the city
has made me remember: oh yeah, America started here. That's right, America
was invented by liberal men in Boston and Philadelphia. Not that I don't
love all of America, but rednecks who think they're the real America should
read a history book once in a while. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson,
Franklin, Madison -- the whole lot of them were well read, erudite, European
thinking children of the enlightenment, and they would have had absolutely
nothing in common and less to say to a cowboy simpleton like George Bush.
And speaking of who's a real American, was anyone as outraged as I was
reading Robert Novak's little interview in the NY Times magazine on Sunday?
Asked if in hindsight he would leave out the part of his 2003 column that
identified Valerie Plame as a CIA operative, he said "I don't know. I
thought journalistically it was justifiable. Nobody had told me -- and I
still don't believe -- that it put anybody's life in danger. I don't think
she was an important person in the CIA."
That really is quite an astounding quote, isn't it? How the hell would he
know if it put anybody's life in danger? YOU'RE NOT IN THE CIA, BOB! They
don't tell you any of their business! Considering the consequences of being
wrong about such a hunch, is it really the patriotic thing to do? To sit in
your office and just conjecture that this agent wasn't very important to the
CIA? First, I think everyone who works at the CIA is important; and second,
WHO THE HELL IS THIS MAN TO OUT PEOPLE IN THE DEADLY WORLD OF ESPIONAGE BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT HE "THINKS"?!
With patriots like that, I'm sure glad there are traitors like me and Michael Moore still living here in America.