Thursday, June 30, 2005

Bush is an Inspiration... No, Really!

Not only is Peter David one of the most accomplished pop writers of our time, I also like to turn to him for his take on politics. Oddly enough, for a guy who writes Star Trek novels like they're going out of style and pens comic book scripts that are head and shoulders above the rest of his peers, he's also got quite the knack for finding the lunacy in many a political speech. Take, for example, his take on this week's address by the President:
The absolute lowpoint was the following:

"Some wonder whether Iraq is a central front in the war on terror. Among the terrorists, there is no debate. Hear the words of Osama Bin Laden: "This Third World War is raging" in Iraq."

Am I the only one who finds this a hoot? What the hell has the world come to when we consider this: The credibility of the President of the United States is so non-existent, that if we won't take his word for it that the Iraq war was a necessary strike against terrorism, certainly we'll take the word of a murdering sociopath with the blood of three thousand Americans on his hands. Yes, that's right, kids: George W. Bush apparently believes that the words of Osama bin Laden have more street cred than his own.

Damn if that isn't a good point. I ended up watching most of the address while I was lifting since it was either watch that, infomercials, the televangelist channel, or ghetto rap videos on MTV2. I figured I'd watch what would give me the most motivation to stay angry and keep lifting, so George Bush's speech it was.

Now was it just me or did it feel like he said the same five sentences over and over again for about a half hour just with different words and in slightly different orders. "We must defeat terrorism, we need to help Iraq stand on their own feet, our troops are probably never coming home, I'm a friggin' tool, yadda, yadda, yadda." Between sets I ended up laughing about as often as I got frustrated. It still amazes me that this utter ass-clown somehow got elected as our president... twice. The United States is officially the most retarded nation in the world.

The only positive that has come out of his term as president, at least in my mind, is the resurgence of politically motivated songs in the punk, metal, and hardcore genres. When it was Clinton as president, songwriters were struggling for material to rant and rave about, but as soon as Bush rolled into the White House, there was more than enough material to go around. Listen to just about any recent rock cd and you'll probably hear at least one song making reference to something Bush did. Dropkick Murphys, Throwdown, Deadlock, System of a Down, Bane... I could keep going on and on. So thank you Mr. Bush for refueling the politcally flavored subgenre of heavy music! For everything else, you get the one finger salute.

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