Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A message for Barack Obama

Courtesy of Shawn Connery, by way of my husband's quoting it to me, in regards to the Republican win in the Massachussetts senatorial by-election yesterday:

"They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. *That's* the *Chicago* way!" (The Untouchables)

By the way ... just for the sake of 'CYA', in case anyone is out there taking things so seriously as to believe that quote is an advocation of a violent response - no. It is metaphorical. My liberal US relatives are concerned, and I think rightly so, that the Democrats are going to take the wrong message from this election, and take a more soft-pedal approach rather than the message that they are being too cautious and as such frustrating to those who want to see results. If the GOP is going to play figurative hardball, we must as well. I'll leave the political violence, and threats thereof, to the other side. Y'know, the ones who go to Obama speeches armed, and speak of revolution, quoting Jefferson about watering the tree of liberty with blood from time to time and all that.

PS ... please keep in your prayers still Haiti, which was hit by a second, 6.0+ earthquake this morning ... as well as, slightly belatedly, those in the Glebe neighbourhood here in Ottawa, where a fire on Monday destroyed an 18-unit apartment building, costing the students and young families there homes, textbooks, furniture, pets ... it's been a sad week out there in the world, folks. :( Let's all do what we can to make it a bit nicer.

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