I got this all off slashdot … It’s a pretty decent commentary. Too bad it was all put out by anonymous cowards.
Three good quotes, one by a patriot, two by a fascist:
“The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way, and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theatre.”
~ Frank Zappa, 1977
”If this were a dictatorship, it would be a
heck of a lot easier — so long as I’m the dictator.” –George W. Bush
“I’m the commander — see, I don’t need to explain — I do not need to explain why I say things. That’s the interesting thing about being the president. Maybe somebody needs to explain to me why they say something, but I don’t feel like I owe anybody an explanation.” George W Bush
Maybe we’ll just add a little context left out by our friend.
…anyone surprised by the speech must not have read Bob Woodward’s Bush at War , in which he quoted Bush as saying (OK, in context of Cabinet meetings, but still): “I’m the commander. See, I don’t have to explain why I say things . . . Maybe somebody needs to explain to me why they say something, but I don’t feel like I owe anybody an explanation.
So, the President’s cabinet is responsible to the President, not the other way around. This is apparently either a revelation or signs of a conspiracy?
What about the next quote, from December 2000, just after the end of the bitterly contested 2000 election which ended with 7 of 9 Supreme Court Justices finding that the procedures in Florida were unconstitutional and 5 of 9 finding that the procedures couldn’t be remedied in the time legally allotted?
ELIZABETH FARNSWORTH: President-elect Bush and the four congressional leaders met for two hours.
PRESIDENT-ELECT GEORGE W. BUSH: I told all four that I felt like this election happened for a reason; that it pointed out– the Delay in the outcome should make it clear to all of us– that we can come together to heal whatever wounds may exist, whatever residuals there may be. And I really look forward to the opportunity. I hope they’ve got my sense of optimism about the possible, and enthusiasm about the job. I told all four that there are going to be some times where we don’t agree with each other, but that’s okay. If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier… ( Chuckles ) ( laughter ) …just so long as I’m the dictator. ( Laughter )
ELIZABETH FARNSWORTH: Afterwards, all four congressional leaders said they believed that today’s meeting was a good start.
So, joking comments about the sometimes difficult process of democracy are signs of a conspiracy?
And, lets add a few more quotes from Frank:
Politics is a bunch of show and blow for people who don’t understand.
The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way, and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theatre.
[We] like to talk about (or be told about) democracy but, when put to the test, usually find it to be an inconvenience. We have opted instead for an authoritarian system disguised as a democracy. We pay through the nose for an enormous joke-of-a-government, let it push us around, and then wonder how all those assholes got in there.
Politics is the entertainment branch of industry.
Apparently Frank said these things during Jimmy Carter’s Presidency. I wonder if he really believed that there was no difference between Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Regan? I wonder if he would assert that a Dean administration would be no different from the Bush administration? Maybe Frank is just a nut. A talented musician, but still a nut.
I wonder, what is the mental state of the poster of the parent post? Bush hater? Nut? Conspiracy buff? Or just a member of the “looney left?” Bush may not be be everybody’s cup of tea, but he is far from being a real, honest to badness fascist.