For the entirety of the life of our nation, democracy has been protected - not merely by the strenuous efforts of those who cherish it, but mostly, and most profoundly, by the limitless stupidity of those who would ration it, keep it for themselves and themselves alone, or destroy it.In the remainder of this video, Olbermann makes his case that it has, quite often, been those in power who have inspired the cause of freedom by foolishly and brutally trying to limit it to those particular uses of it they agree with.
American freedom has not flourished in spite of these morons of history, it has flourished because of them - because they overreacted, because they under-thought, overreached, and under-understood.
Keith’s Special Comment: Why Occupy Wall Street needs Michael Bloomberg
He makes the point that, far from helping his own cause, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's expensive and sometimes brutal overreactions to the Occupy Wall Street movement have made it stronger. I can't argue with that point at all. It's a lesson that Ghandi made famous long ago with his litany:
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.It only took two months for Occupy to reach the fighting stage.