Friday, September 08, 2006

New Rule: Bad presidents happen to good people.

Mocking Bush is my patriotic duty
A comedian explains how cruel jokes about the president can stop terrorism.

By Bill Maher

Amid all the 9/11 anniversary talk about what will keep us safe, let me suggest that in a world turned hostile to America, the smartest message we can send to those beyond our shores is, "We're not with stupid." Therefore, I contend -- with all seriousness -- that ridiculing this president is now the most patriotic thing you can do. Let our allies and our enemies alike know that there's a whole swath of Americans desperate to distance themselves from Bush's foreign policies. And that's just Republicans running for reelection.

[...] Anyone who opposes the indefinite occupation of Iraq shouldn't be labeled an al-Qaida supporter. That's like saying that if I tell my exterminator that there are more efficient ways to rid the house of vermin than hitting them with a hammer, I'm "for the rats."

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S.W. Anderson said...

Bush has gone way out of his way to earn all the ridicule being heaped upon him, all right.

There's just one problem all of us on this side of the green curtain had better be mindful of: Past some point, Bush could achieve underdog status. Americans have a thing about overlooking all manner of bad stuff when they perceive someone as an underdog.

That public sentiment went a long way toward getting Bill Clinton through the Lewinsky/impeachment ordeal. People saw all the outrageous excess and piling on the right wingers in and out of government did, and decided it was way out of proportion to Clinton's shabby misdeeds.

Maybe better than unloading endless amounts of ridicule on Bush we should mostly emphasize strong, reasoned objections to his attitude, policies and decisions.

However, if Bush comes out trashing and bashing, take the gloves off and go for it. Because then he'd be less likely to evoke underdog sympathies.

Freudian Slip said...

That really does make a lot of sense. So many times I've said to myself, "what has he gotten us into now". I just hope the rest of the world knows that so many of us are embarrassed and furious to have this man as our leader.