Hero: Harry Taylor

This one was obvious: Harry Taylor, the man who stood up and spoke out against President Bush…to his face.

Think Progress has the video and transcript:

You never stop talking about freedom, and I appreciate that. But while I listen to you talk about freedom, I see you assert your right to tap my telephone, to arrest me and hold me without charges, to try to preclude me from breathing clean air and drinking clean water and eating safe food. If I were a woman, you’d like to restrict my opportunity to make a choice and decision about whether I can abort a pregnancy on my own behalf. You are –

THE PRESIDENT: I’m not your favorite guy. Go ahead. (Laughter and applause.) Go on, what’s your question?

Q Okay, I don’t have a question. What I wanted to say to you is that I — in my lifetime, I have never felt more ashamed of, nor more frightened by my leadership in Washington, including the presidency, by the Senate, and –

AUDIENCE MEMBERS: Booo!

THE PRESIDENT: No, wait a sec — let him speak.

Q And I would hope — I feel like despite your rhetoric, that compassion and common sense have been left far behind during your administration, and I would hope from time to time that you have the humility and the grace to be ashamed of yourself inside yourself. And I also want to say I really appreciate the courtesy of allowing me to speak what I’m saying to you right now. That is part of what this country is about.

Oliver Willis has his pic alongside Rockwell’s visual paean to the First Amendment. It’s appropriate, too. Credit Bush for standing up to the criticism and allowing Taylor to speak, although he really didn’t have any other choice. Also, while Taylor did a great job of expressing how millions of Americans feel about this presidency, he really didn’t challenge Bush on anything of substance. (I admit I enjoy watching Bush try to field a question he knows nothing about, like, say foreign policy.)

Still, Taylor’s calm call for Bush to feel shame for mistakes was a beautiful moment in democracy, and a scene that hasn’t been seen often since Bush assumed office.

If you, like me, want to thank Mr. Taylor for expressing criticism to the president’s face and bravely exercising his right to speech, you can leave a comment at this website.

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