aim has been to show, by the example of America, that laws, and especially manners,
may allow a democratic people to remain free. But I am very far from thinking
that we ought to follow the example of American democracy and copy the means which
it has employed to attain this end
and I should regard it as a great misfortune
for mankind if liberty were to exist all over the world under the same features."
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1835.
was all Good News. As usual. Being rhetoric, euphemism, propaganda and lies, in
essence, it means that his Good News was really No News at all.
the fact that I want to kick over the television every time George W. Bush shows
his marmoset face and tries to articulate his ass-forward policies in pidgin English,
I must admit his 2007 State of the Union address was a surprisingly lucid speech;
for Bush, that simply means he stuck to the speechwriter's banal words - no impromptu
forays into creatively trying to lever the language to inject profundity, personality
or anecdote (for which he has proven time and again he has absolutely nil aptitude).
Unfortunately for this C-student, in avoiding tangling his tongue, his messages
of misdirection and displacement came across as clearly disinformative as they
were intended. And he never did get around to saying anything worth saying. As
The elephant in the room - the Iraq War - was not belched up until
well into the second half of the address, and then only as precursor to his appeal
for more troops for him to send gratuitously to their grisly deaths. Wielding
spin and terror as callously and deftly as only the White House knows how, Bush
quoted his bosom buddies, Zarqawi and bin Laden, to grease the wallets of his
own al Qaeda ("al Qaeda," after all, means, "the base").
our era, the word "propaganda" - itself a euphemism for disinformation,
misdirection and outright lies - has come to require a euphemism of its own -
Against all the facts promulgated directly to the public
via daily news reports
that are no longer fearful to tell the truth about the criminality of the government,
against indicting tomes like Frank Rich's The
Greatest Story Ever Sold, Bob Woodward's State
of Denial or Noam Chomsky's Failed
States; against heat-seeking political commentators like Keith Olbermann,
Bill Maher and Chris Matthews (who don't just stop at blood - they want flesh);
against the now-accepted fact that the underlying reason for prosecuting the Iraq
War was on the basis of a LIE to the American Congress and people, George W. Bush
simply lied once more about the "progress" that his intervention in
a 5,000-year-old conflict facilitated.
one should be vilified for having an opinion or stance on anything (that's uh,
democracy), but the President himself, in giving us no compelling evidence for
the bone-headed decisions he makes contrary to all the advice he receives from
others more qualified than him, brings his vilification on himself. With just
plain ignorance. And his infantile, girl-child petulance and unwarranted resolve
is no substitute for the hard facts that his contra advisors, his detractors,
his critics and pockets of his own party present as compelling evidence against
his life-destroying decisions of the past four years. (How ironic that Bush, who
is staunchly against stem-cell research for the alleged reason that it destroys
fetal human lives, cares not a whit about the destruction of ADULT human lives
in nonchalantly sacrificing over 3,000 of them unto an overseas war simply to
prove that he doesn't know the meaning of the phrase "exit strategy.")
may be fashionable to refer to John Kerry as a flip-flopper, but it has been the
White House that continually flip-flops its reasons as to why America is involved
in a futile skirmish overseas - first it was Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda; later
subsumed by the War on Terror, Bush actually saying at one point, "I don't
care where Osama bin Laden is!"; then we get an earful of Saddam Hussein
and Weapons of Mass Destruction (oops! killed that fake reason - gotta find another
excuse); then it's oil again; then "For Democracy"; then to stop civil
war; then to curb Iran's complicity with Iraq; then to stop jihadists attacking
America - hang on! - aren't we back where we started? Where'd we put those old
Osama press releases?...
Richard Dawkins has Bush's number when he elucidates
in his scathing The God Delusion on Bush "characterizing terrorists
as motivated by pure evil. But they are not motivated by evil
. They are
motivated, like the Christian murderers of abortion doctors, by what they perceive
as righteousness." Terror is nothing more than the RELIGION that America's
opponents wish shoved down America's throat. Dawkins goes on to criticize the
view (held by Bushies and other jejunes) that "extremists are somehow a perversion
of real faith - but how can extremists be regarded as a perversion if "faith,"
lacking objective justification, doesn't have any demonstrable standards to pervert?"
adhering so cluelessly to that superstition he calls his "faith," it
is as if Bush believes the Real World works that way too. By being indoctrinated
to follow his invisible, non-existent "savior" so blindly, in talking
down to the American public - as his religious mentors talk down to him even to
this day (it ain't easy getting through to a mentally-challenged
60 year-old) - he thinks that the public will accept his Will as unquestioningly
as he accepts the Will of his blood-mongering, imaginary deity. And with as much
evidence to corroborate that Will's veracity and moral integrity - nil.
wrapped his State of the Union address with displacement of emotions and loyalties,
bringing up human interest stories, like the subway guy who saved someone's life
(no, not Jared, although this guy had pretty nice pants too), as if highlighting
faux-Jared's heroism could expiate his guilt in proving to Islam that he can kill
over 3,000 people too - without slamming into skyscrapers.
White House claims to be "spreading democracy," yet the irony in their
public credos is jarring: The President, "I'm the decider"; Vice President,
Dick Cheney: "I'm Vice President and they're not." That's mighty democratic
of those dictator assholes. Does it occur to these two monarchy meatheads that
they themselves have become what they cannot quell in Iraq - insurgents? ("One
who acts contrary to the policies and decisions of one's own political party.")
what bugs me most is not that everyone in the world is now certain that the President's
words are sewer shit; it is that all those audience members (those lawyers and
businessmen and supposedly intelligent people of the country's most privileged
caste) would still stand and clap for those sewer-shit words! And a yet more disturbing
element of their trained-monkey applause is that they clap without a shred of
conviction - they applaud (or choose not to) NOT because they agree or disagree
with the President's dictums on a personal, factual or - spare me! - "moral"
basis, but because applauding like monkeys is the most judicious thing to do "politically"
at those particular junctures. (And these are the first people who will deny they
CAME from monkeys - not that they actually "came from monkeys," but
from an "ape-like creature" - but that's
another essay.) Then there are the petulant, juvenile applause breaks: partisan
sections of the audience standing and cheering their party policies finding weight
in the President's oblong head, whether right, wrong, logical or off the grid.
should bug anyone that we are being led by these drogues. THESE are the best in
the land? The brightest and fairest? These trained monkeys worshipping at the
altar of sewer shit?
But let's face facts: 90-percent of people subservient
to a democratic idiom cannot discern the ultimate truth about democracy anyway:
Democracy is Idiot Rule. Because if "democracy" means "rule by
majority" and 90-percent of the majority is idiots, well
1835, de Tocqueville highlighted the perils of democracy as practiced by the American
people under the Presidency of Andrew Jackson (a President so respected he is
on the $20 bill). We can only imagine how fast de Tocqueville is grave-spinning
contemplating democracy's perils under George W. Bush, a President more deserving
of impeachment than that vagina-spawn of Satan, Richard M. Nixon.
there they are, Majority - your elected idiots, on national television making
horse's asses of themselves with no shame, no remorse and even less grace.
is: one of them is the idiot-elect Leader of the Free World. And many delusional,
ignorant people take him seriously - the Great Unwashed, the Salt of the Earth,
the Working Class
know, the idiots.