Saturday, October 6, 2007

The culmination of the Selfish Class

Mark Crispin Miller, the author of “The Bush Dyslexicon,” once made a striking observation: all of the famous Bush malapropisms — “I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family,” and so on — have involved occasions when Mr. Bush was trying to sound caring and compassionate.

By contrast, Mr. Bush is articulate and even grammatical when he talks about punishing people; that’s when he’s speaking from the heart. The only animation Mr. Bush showed during the flooding of New Orleans was when he declared “zero tolerance of people breaking the law,” even those breaking into abandoned stores in search of the food and water they weren’t getting from his administration.

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After years of wondering if these people could really be that blind to the mis-fortunes of others, I guess I no longer need to speculate. Their philosophy "I got mine, fuck you" is really the only thing that fits into their mindset.

Can you imagine any of them born into a middle class family in St Louis, San Antonio or Des Moines? I'm not even suggesting the heart wrenchingly poor - simply the everyday 2.4 children having, Chevy driving, apple pie eating, baseball watching American that our marketers so love. Seriously, can you even fathom George the Dunce actually going out and doing something as routine as filling out a job application? Or trying to "put food on his family" by toiling away for others?

They really have no clue what it is like for others, no idea that such exists even in their midst. Or, in many cases, that their government and business philosophies have been a significant factor in where those people are today. Who would have ever thought that I'd be sitting here missing the Goldwater Republicans - didn't have to always agree, but never had to question their basic humanity either.

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