Saturday, October 30, 2004

Ezzam Week

You know what? I had a nice little banal entry written here about soup and midterms and ants on a log, but HEY, who cares about that? - because Osama bin Laden says Bush is an idiot, which means floods of people are going to go vote for Bush just because bin Laden insulted him.

The largest part of me is disgusted by and infuriated with Bush for making 300 million people look like idiots through his own inability to speak English, his refusal to believe that anything he does is wrong, his disregard of an incredibly intelligent and effective person like Colin Powell in favor of Rumsfeld or Ashcroft or any of those other Yes-Men he's got running around behind him.

But the rest of me - I'll just come out and say that it's the elitist part, I have no problem with that - is equally disgusted by a group of 150,000,001 people who want to vote for him in spite of his utter idiocy. Why? Because being inarticulate and probably functionally illiterate is "comforting". It is more important for our president to be an Everyman than a Smartman, an Observantman, or even a Goodman. Now, because bin Laden issued a tape giving Bush a verbal noogie, they're going to rally behind the worst president since Herbert Hoover in the name of pride.

If Bush wins, I don't want to go home. That's not because of the next four years of incompetent governance we'll get (I wonder how much deeper he can drive the national debt?), the prospect of more terrorist attacks, Patriot Act II, or even because there'll be another fundamentalist and assuredly anti-abortionist white man on the Supreme Court. No, I don't want to go home because it will force me to finally confront the fact that the average American is ignorant, evangelical, and hopelessly stupid.

"...Mark McKinnon, a longtime senior media adviser to Bush, who now runs his own consulting firm and helps the president...started by challenging me. 'You think he's an idiot, don't you?' I said, no, I didn't. 'No, you do, all of you do, up and down the West Coast, the East Coast, a few blocks in southern Manhattan called Wall Street. Let me clue you in. We don't care. You see, you're outnumbered 2 to 1 by folks in the big, wide middle of America, busy working people who don't read The New York Times or Washington Post or The L.A. Times. And you know what they like? They like the way he walks and the way he points, the way he exudes confidence. They have faith in him. And when you attack him for his malaprops, his jumbled syntax, it's good for us. Because you know what those folks don't like? They don't like you!''' (Ron Suskind, Without A Doubt, New York Times Magazine, Oct 14 2004).

I'd tell them they could have him, but if they take him they take Duke and Durham and Myrtle Beach, Buffalo and Elma and East Aurora, Pinole Creek and Wilmington and San Pablo...and those are mine.

I hate the majority.


Blogger Carrie Kelley said...

My sentiments, exactly!
I couldn't have said it better myself!
I've ALWAYS been astounded by the level of ignorance and stupidity of the general public.
Bush is an alcoholic on a power trip, and that can be a VERY scary thing! For someone who has an alcoholic mind to base his decisions on "instinct", that's just plain insanity and can spell DISASTER. For the people who "follow" his decisions? I don't think there's a word that can adequately describe those people.
I'm in your corner, Allie!

10/30/2004 11:55 AM  
Blogger Rita Xavier said...

Wow!!! You said it, for a lot of us. I wish your comments could be read nationwide! Maybe you should dabble in politics on the side.

10/30/2004 12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Allie, you've done it again. Your gift for writing and cogent thinking astounds me at every turn. You ought to submit this posting, just as it is, to every major newspaper in the country. I wonder if any of them would have the nerve to print it.


10/30/2004 1:29 PM  
Blogger Jeannie said...

hear hear! hells yeah!

10/30/2004 1:50 PM  
Blogger Chris Clarke said...

Well, I realize this is your usually pessimistic, jaded old uncle speaking, but... Bush hasn't won yet.

10/31/2004 1:38 AM  
Blogger Allison said...

The funny part about y'all's feedback on this is that the second I got up and walked away from the computer, all I could think was "God, I just made an inarticulate ass out of myself on the blog. Again."

Thank you, guys, for the solidarity.

10/31/2004 12:12 PM  
Blogger Coral Clarke said...

I love it, I love it, I love it! I wish I could post it on the bulletin board at work! And on a big billboard in front of the house..... :)

10/31/2004 2:20 PM  

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