In which I rediscover my long lost source of left-wing inspiration
By Sam Perwin
Recently I have discovered the wonder and joy that is Robert Reich's Facebook Page. His unabashadly liberal, unafraid to call bullshit, straight-forward, intelligent ramblings always seem to say exactly what I'm thinking about the political crisis du jour. If you don't know who Robert Reich is, please change that immediately. A glance at his Wikipedia page will tell you his claim to fame is being Bill Clinton's Secretary of Labor, but he's so much more. He's the voice of reason, which incidentally is how I first encountered him.
In another life, I was a publicity assistant at Vintage & Anchor Books, and I was assigned to handle the publicity for the paperback release of his then latest book, Reason. He has his own PR machine, so it was an easy job (and an easy thing to assign to a lowly assistant). I did get to take him to the Daily Show, which was awesome - and John Stewart made some joke about our height difference; Mr. Reich is, shall we say, on the smaller side. Obviously I read his book, which basically argues the utter insanity of being a Republican (can I get an Amen?), but to be honest, I had sort of forgotten about him in recent years.
Then a friend shared one of his Facebook statuses during the government shutdown, and I couldn't help but smile when I saw the name. I liked his page, then started reading his thoughts and remembered that I basically always agree with everything he's saying. What I like the most about him, honestly, though, is that while he's clearly peeved with the current situation in Washingon (and really, who isn't?), he prefers to fight with facts and logic rather than vitriol and blustering. Then I watched this clip, and it gave me hope for the future.
So, listen to Robert Reich my liberal friends. The tipping point is nigh. Reason will prevail. Be upbeat.