Saturday, October 18, 2008

The speech that George W Bush should make

Andrew Ian Dodge neatly encapsulates what I've bee thinking for some time; he has written published the speech that George W Bush would give if he was allowed to be honest (and had Andrew as a speechwriter)...
Normally, I start these things out by saying ‘My Fellow Americans.’ Not doing it this time. If the polls are any indication, I don’t know who more than half of you are anymore. I do know something terrible has happened, and that you’re really not fellow Americans any longer.

I’ll cut right to the chase here: I quit.

Now before anyone gets all in a lather about me quitting to avoid impeachment, or to avoid prosecution or something, let me assure you: There’s been no breaking of laws or impeachable offenses in this office.

The reason I’m quitting is simple. I’m fed up with you people.

I’m fed up because you have no understanding of what’s really going on in the world. Or of what’s going on in this once-great nation of ours. And the majority of you are too damned lazy to do your homework and figure it out.

Do go and read the rest, because it pretty much applies in this country too...


Those of us who do think, and who do our homework, are being repressed by the ignorant, the lazy and the stupid—and it is done through our much-vaunted democracy: the tyranny of the majority.

UPDATE: it has been pointed out to me that that speech has been doing the email rounds for a while—apologies, I hadn't got it.

It is not so much that I subscribe to the speech in its entirety, but that I can fully imagine someone wanting to give it. And probably cheering if they did, simply because it is so unusual to hear any politician actually say what they mean.

6 comments:

Panopticon Britain said...

The phrase I have in the past used, and continue to use (much to the horror of anyone in ear shot) is "If you want to know what real democracy is, look at the lynch mob, or gang rape".

Anonymous said...

I agree with that speech: anyone who isn't a card-carrying member of the Fundamentalist Christian wing of the Republican Party is a goddamn fuckin' traitor to America. Anyone who says that Bush's policies in Iraq, in Afghanistan and on the economy have been anything less than exemplary successes is a goddman fuckin' traitor to America.

I cannot comprehend that anyone who would dare to apply the label 'libertarian' to himself could read that deluded crypto-fascist cult-of-personality bullshit without feeling sick. The mentality in that speech is the same authoritarian mentality that has raped our rights.

Also, fyi, Andrew didn't write that "speech". It's been doing the rounds as an email forward since the end of last year.

BenSix said...

"Now before anyone gets all in a lather about me quitting to avoid impeachment, or to avoid prosecution or something, let me assure you: There’s been no breaking of laws or impeachable offenses in this office."

I wonder who did write that piece...it must be nice to live a life unburdened by reality.

Ben

Tim said...

I would think that someone who admired that notion would be a *little* more stringent with those in your neighbourhood who sought to deceive that majority, and even those people taking a wee bit of time to research this or that on the internets.

Or do you genuinely think that certain partes "blur the lines between fact and fiction 'with integrity'..." and the fault lies mainly with sheeple?

(Incidentally, 75% of Iain Dale's readers think that if he gets something wrong he "normally apologises". Baaa!)

Martin said...

DK,

After Walter Ulbricht put down the East german upising of 1953, Brecht wrote the following poem, entitled, 'The Solution' -

'After the uprising of the 17th June
The Secretary of the Writers Union
Had leaflets distributed in the Stalinallee
Stating that the people
Had forfeited the confidence of the government
And could win it back only
By redoubled efforts. Would it not be easier
In that case for the government
To dissolve the people
And elect another?'

For all its flaws, democracy's the best system there is.

John B said...

Err, yeah. DK, d'you really think that the "oooh, Al Qaeda are t3h 3vilz, so nothing else matters" stuff peddled by morons like Dodge is anything more than fearmongering crap from people who want to expand state power...?