I have to thank Open Salon's Jacob Freeze for a timely reminder that Obama's lack of reaction to the disastrous Gulf oil spill and his willingness to accept BP's less-than-stellar efforts to cap the well are nothing new. This is from a 2008 campaign speech that most people ignored:
In the early years of the civil rights movement and opposition to the Vietnam War, defenders of the status quo often accused anybody who questioned the wisdom of government policies of being unpatriotic.
Meanwhile, some of those in the so-called counter-culture of the Sixties reacted not merely by criticizing particular government policies, but by attacking the symbols, and in extreme cases, the very idea, of America itself - by burning flags; by blaming America for all that was wrong with the world; and perhaps most tragically, by failing to honor those veterans coming home from Vietnam, something that remains a national shame to this day.
Jacob made just a few little changes and the difference is less startling than revelatory.