Tuesday, March 16, 2004

pinions of buddy don:
still 1984 after all these years

(ye mite eggspeck a few blogsurvayshuns on a counta how tiz tuesdy n i sed i wood rite bout blogs on tuesdys, but thays two problems: (1) i aint hardly had time to look at other blogs thanks to wurk, anniversary, birthdy, etc. n (2) i caint turn my tenchun away frum the events of this past week in spain)

in this mornins new york times, rnc foghorn david brooks asts the questchun (ye gut to register, but tiz free), "What is the Spanish word for appeasement?" corse hes a lil upset bout how the right wing wuz throwd out of the spanish gummint n he figgers it has to be sum form of appeasement on a counta he aint willin to look at sartin facks.

fer one, appeasement gut its bad name frum neville chamberlain trine to find "peace in our time" by lettin the worls most belligerunt military power, nazi germany, invade a small cuntry that had no chants to defend itself, witch twuz named czechoslovakia at the time. the folks usin that term these days is bush n his right-wing echo chamber that wuz rushin us off to a war agin sumbidy that hadnt attacked us n couldnt attack us. i dun splained bout appeasement in a pinion i rote on an algy.

fack is, whuts a'goin on is the use of 1984 langwage. ye mite member that book whar george orwell rote bout how war wood be defined as peace n slavery as freedum, that kinda thang. wurds git stood on thar haids to whar the mean the opposit of whut thar spozed to mean.

so not appeasin the worls most belligerunt military power, witch that wood be our belovd cuntry, the united states of amurka, is called appeasement. lettin that power do whutever it wonts to is sumhow not appeasement. so mr books wonts to claim the spanish has dun pulled off a lil appeasement by votin agin the party that tuck em to war.

fer a nuther, mr. brooks ignores the people of spain that wuz marchin agin the war befor thar leader tuck em thar. they dint turn agin the war jes caws of the bombin.twuz attempted appeasement by the people!

n mr. brooks dont wont thank twuz a problem of sumbidy payin no attenchun to the will of the voters, lack mr. aznar dun. in mr brooks langwage, mr aznar, by takin his cuntry to a war that as minny as 90% opposed, wuz excercizin 'bold leadership' in a democracy. that ole payin tenchun to the will of the people wood be a lot lack governin frum pinion polls, lack payin inny attenchun to the millions of folks marchin agin a war that wuznt needed. why should innybidy pay tenchun to that?

a nuther hallmark of orwellian thankin is trine to put everthang into a eethur/or mold: eethur yer fer bushs way of doin thangs or yer fer givin in to the terrists. eithur ye bleev in runnin up huge deficits by borryin n spendin, or ye are agin the economy ever recuverin. eethur yer for invadin a cuntry that wuz cumpletely surrounded n made harmless, lack colin powell had dun add mitted, or yer fer lettin the terrists take over.

here's that colin powell quote: " FEBRUARY 23 & 24, 2001 – COLIN POWELL SAYS IRAQ IS CONTAINED: "I think we ought to declare [the containment policy] a success. We have kept him contained, kept him in his box." He added Saddam "is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors" and that "he threatens not the United States." [Source: State Department, 2/23/01 and 2/24/01]"

ifn folks cant thank of no other optshuns, thar stuck with the false choices made up by the eethur/or thankers. ye aint gut no room fer shades of gray, no subtlety.

in sted, yer stuck with the pretents that the worl is in the middle of a grand melodrama, whar one side is all good n tuthern is pure evil. long as ye put it thataway, ye dont have to cunsidder whut mite make sumbidy so angry that they wood kill tharselves sos they could attack ye. aint no room to wonder whuther ye increase the risk of terrists ifn ye invade a cuntry n ack lack yer attackin a relijun of 1.2 billyun folks. aint no room fer the fack that thays good muslims n good christchuns n thays badns too.

ye aint even gut room fer whut the bibl sez bout whuther thays innybidy on the hole earth who is all good n not evil: "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).

we ack lack we dont have to look at our ownself atall to figger how we mite could improov, but agin, ye mite could thank the christchun rite wing wood be innerested in that:

"Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye." (Matthew 7:1-5)

but in the 1984 vershun of wurds, ifn ye ast whut could we have dun better to keep folks frum wontin to attack us at ever chants, ye git accused of hatin amurka, of bein one of them that blames amurka furst.

thankin that ye mite wonta look at yer ownself to figger could ye have dun sumthing rong? twood take sumbidy lack jesus to bleev ye orta do that kinda thang.

or mayhap jesus jes aint lack he used to be: far as i kin tell frum them that luvs to foller him, he musta changed his view on military mite. no more turnin tuther cheek. no more luvin yer enemies. no more puttin down the sword. no checkin fer the beam in yer own eye.

in sted, ye kin use whutever 'means' ye need long as ye kin cum up with a 'end' that is good, use wurds backwards lack orwell warned we shouldnt never do, eggzagerate or even lie when ye need to, use shock n awe when yer plannin yer liberayshun bombin, praise jesus while yer gathern up riches on earth, stick yer fanger in tuther fellas eye while ye ignore the beam in yer own.

twuznt appeasement to turn mr aznars party out of power in spain. twuz the will of the people. when they wuz marchin agin the war befor the war, they wuz skeered that attackin iraq wood make thangs more dangerus. but mr asnar wuz bold. he dint listn to his people. his vishun wuz clear. but he wuz rong. thangs gut more dangerus. 

corse, twuz sumthin that machiavelli wood advise. as a revuer of kevin phillips amurkin dynasty put it: 'Paraphrasing a passage from Machiavelli's The Prince, Kevin Phillips writes, "a ruler can ignore the mob and devote himself to the interests of the ruling class, gulling the inert majority who constitute the ruled." He then says, "Borgia references aside, 21st-century American readers of The Prince may feel that they have stumbled on a thinly disguised Bush White House political memo." These pointed words would sting regardless of who uttered them, but coming from Phillips, a former Republican strategist, they have an added piquancy.'

so once agin, orwell has cum into his own with a lil deja doodoo all over agin:

lettin timber cumpnies cherry pick the biggest trees in the forst? healthy forests.

lettin polluters increase thar pollushun? clear skies.

invadin n occupyin a nuther cuntry? liberayshun.

war is peace.

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