This may be one of the most controversial selections for Upstanding Citizen: former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld. Look, wherever you fall on the political spectrum, I'm not interested in re-hashing old politics. I'm interested in speaking truth on health, and Rumsfeld is tough and brilliant in his recent interview with a doughy and flaky Piers Morgan, the Pillsbury Dough Boy of CNN.
Piers Morgan's questions are just absurd: "You're 78 years old, shouldn't it be time to take a rest?" Rumsfeld reacts with appropriate astonishment. Time to take a rest? That sounds a lot like dying. If you're 78 years old, you need to do everything in your power NOT to take a rest.
Morgan insists that Rumsfeld's standing is odd, weird, or not normal, but ends up sounding like an insecure high school kid: "It's just weird!" True to form, Rumsfeld flips the script on Morgan and goes on the offensive, saying that sitting is what's weird. Listen to how Morgan's voice goes up a few octaves when Rumsfeld shoots him down. What a clown.
Donald Rumsfeld, for your active defense of standing (i.e., your attack on sitting), and your pursuit of the religious extremists in the Cult of the Normal, you are an Upstanding Citizen.
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