Over the past 36 hours progressives have expressed outrage over President Obama’s tax cuts deal with Republicans. Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow both devoted half of their shows to criticizing the deal and the President for making it. The more liberal members of Congress like Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) are vowing to fight the deal. To progressives, the President gave up too much to Republicans, and needs to fight for Democratic Party ideals rather than asking liberals to compromise.
Whether right or wrong, the liberal sentiment matches up beautifully with the video compilation to the left. The clips were put together from inspirational movies like Apollo 13, Braveheart, and Rudy. The characters from the movies, much like progressives, urge their audience to “fight” and “seize the day.” In one clip Sean Connery urges his companion to fight in the “Chicago way.” The video can be seen in by clicking to the left. A transcript appears below.
“Will you fight?! No! We will run, and we will live. Shame on you. This could be the greatest night of our lives, but you’re going to let it be the worst. And I guarantee a week won’t go by in your life you won’t regret walking out, letting them get the best of you. Well, I’m not going home. We’ve come too far! And I’m going to stay right here and fight for this lost cause. A day may come when the courage of men fails… but it is not THIS day. The line must be drawn HERE. This far, no further! I’m not saying it’s going to be easy. You’re going to work harder than you ever worked before. But that’s fine, we’ll just get tougher with it! If a person grits his teeth and shows real determination, failure is not an option. That’s how winning is done! Believe me when I say we can break this army here, and win just one for the Gipper. But I say to you what every warrior has known since the beginning of time: you’ve got to get mad. I mean plum mad dog mean. If you would be free men, then you must fight to fulfill that promise! Let us cut out their living guts one inch at a time, and they will know what we can do! Let no man forget how menacing we are. We are lions! You’re like a big bear, man! This is YOUR time! Seize the day, never surrender, victory or death… that’s the Chicago Way! Who’s with me? Clap! Clap! Don’t let Tink die! Clap! Alright! Let’s fly! And gentlemen in England now abed shall know my name is the Lord when I tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take our Independence Day!”
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