SLC Mayor Rocky Anderson: a righteous dude in a wrong state
In addition to the love we're feeling for MSNBC's Keith Olbermann, who flayed Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on Wednesday night's Countdown -- for Rumsfeld's downright un-American comments in a speech Monday -- we also need to appreciate Salt Lake City Mayor Ross "Rocky" Anderson's visceral take on President Bush, who is visiting Utah today.
"Blind faith in bad leaders is not patriotism. A patriot is a person who loves his or her country," said Anderson, during a fiery speech in Salt Lake City's Washington Square on Wednesday. "A patriot does not tell people who are intensely concerned about their country to just sit down and be quiet; to refrain from speaking out in the name of politeness or for the sake of being a good host; to show slavish, blind obedience and deference to a dishonest, war-mongering, human-rights-violating president."
Wow. And this guy is the Mayor of the biggest city inÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ Utah?
This is the state that gave George W. Bush 67 percent of its vote in 2000 and a whopping 72 percent in 2004, after Bush's many lies and acts of incompetence were public knowledge. Utah is also the state that continues to give Bush decent approval numbers -- the highest of all 50 states -- and, the Utah stats on Bush for this month have the worst president in American history at a 59 percent approval rating.
And this beacon of reality, Anderson, is the liberal Mayor of the Capital of a state that I nicknamed Utahistan, when it began banning Brokeback Mountain from movie theaters in early 2006.