Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Rove Is A Dog From Hell

If you’re still wondering how it could be that one of the chief architects of the Bush campaign could state in public that the reaction of half the country to 9/11 was to volunteer to give Osama Bin Laden a foot massage and/or a big, wet, sloppy kiss, and the country hardly blinked at it, you have to keep in mind that the Conservatives have managed to slowly change the definition of what it means to “outrage” someone.

When TIME Magazine gives its cover over to Ann Coulter, whose stock in trade is to accuse anyone who doesn’t vote Republican of being a traitor, and presents her opinion as an intellectual force in today’s political debate, the word “outrage” ceases to have any meaning whatsoever and opens the door for the Karl Roves to demonize anyone who doesn’t agree with them and be taken seriously.

The bookshelves are littered with tomes about the hatred Liberals have for America. They wouldn’t print it if it wasn’t true, would they? I think they may have gone as far as they can go, though. Michael Savage’s latest is entitled “Liberalism Is A Mental Disorder.” Where can they go from here? How To Kill, Cook And Eat A Liberal?

I’ve especially enjoyed Rush Limbaugh’s response. He’s dusted off one of the rustier, but still serviceable, Conservative arguments as to how you can tell that Karl Rove was right. You know how? Because Democrats got upset. And the more they scream about Rove’s remark, the more you know that Rove hit the nail right on the head!

Try this argument out sometime. Walk up to someone and tell them, “You’re mother’s a whore.” Wait for the reaction. The more upset your test subject becomes, the more you’ll know you were right!

But cultural assimilation works both ways. Now that it’s Graduation Season, let’s take a moment to tip our mortarboards to the students of Owen J. Roberts High School, who “conducted its first-ever commencement ceremony from its new Wildcat Stadium facility.” Exciting, indeed!

Here’s the part that caught my eye, though:

“Salutatorian Justin Hepler shared the poem if I had failed to make the struggle, by Charles Bukowski, noting the importance of maintaining one’s ability to become the sole determinant of "whether or not I fight hard enough to be myself."

In making his own decisions, he said, he expects to find a peace, solace, and wisdom in the search to be himself.”

That’s right. High school students are starting to quote Bukowski at their graduation ceremonies. Not college graduates, mind you, high school graduates.

I, of course, am all for this, although I have to wonder how Bukowski would have taken it. Ultimately, I think he would have enjoyed knowing that he was turning out to be that durable, contrary to what his critics said, and that his real audience, the people who struggle every day and love the ability of language to say a profound thing in a simple way, has and will continue to discover him.

Still, I have to wonder how Justin settled on if i… After all, the volume from which it was taken, The Night Torn Mad With Footsteps, also includes 3 pairs of panties and the closing of the bottomless bar.

Maybe next time.


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