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Sunday, August 01, 2004 | Most Of All Beware This Boy
We like to laugh at ignorance, I guess, because it makes us feel superior, safer, like we know more.
Ignorance is funny when it happens far away, when it is exhibited by people we don't know, don't want to know, who are so far removed from us that we don't feel threatened.
Even when we see it up close and personal, we laugh it off, especially those of us who see it up close and personal, and aimed right at us every day.
It is only when it comes from where we least expect it that we stop laughing, stop rolling our eyes, and open them wide.
It is then that we realize that ignorance is not funny, no matter how commonplace, no matter how trivial, no matter in how small a way it affects us, us, this time, we all have moments when we are brought face to face with Dickens' truth:
"This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom..."
No one knows how many people ignorance kills every day, how many lives it ruins. Especially when the subject of Americans comes up, everybody has a story starring ignorance. Everybody likes to poke fun at the uniquely American trait of priding oneself on not knowing where this or that country is, the cult of monolingualism, the brash arrogance of "I'm an American, I don't have to know that shit."
In the run-up to the 2000 installation of former CIA director George H.W. Bush's son as figurehead of the US warlord syndicate, in a week during which there was a coup (mm hmm) in Pakistan, in which Pervez Musharraf was conveniently installed at Pipeline Gateway and Atal Bihari Vajpayee won a second term as Prime Minister of India, Bush the Son was unable, in a TV interview, to name either of them, despite the fact that both names had been mentioned a minimum of every hour on the hour on American news networks, and while political opponents and pundits chuckled mightily over it, the mainstream view out there in the "Heartland" leaned toward the notion that this was a good sign.
They would not have to worry about Bush being one of them intellectual types, but a regular guy who knows "you ain't gotta be able to pernounce it to blow it up."
See? There I go again, making fun.
Of course, the reality of the US situation is that it does not matter whether the figurehead can read and comprehend "My Pet Goat," or write his own name.
Whatever he needs to say can be fed through an earpiece, and is, and never suppose that Rove and Cheney and Kristol et al do not know exactly who was installed in Pakistan that fateful year, or to whom Bush is referring when he repeats after his earpiece, "Vodge-Pie."
He may be the epitome, the quintessential model of the American credo "I don't have to know that shit."
May your own brushes with it hurt nothing more than your feelings, and may we all learn not to laugh at it.
Actions like Sep 11 do not happen in a vaccuum.
Long before those hijackers ever stepped foot on the planes the damage
had been done. They were brainwashed with the same type of garbage
propaganda that is spewed from Fatwa's weblog.
Middle Eastern countries are so much more barbaric today and preAmercia than America can ever hope to be...America has only been around 230 years...who did you blame for everything before that Ductape? I am calling a Fatwa on your bullshit!
IMO - terrorist plain and simple. He is an Al queda operative who
should be put in a cage on gitmo Skinner
My favorite..."In Defense of Holocaust Deniers"
I always thought that "The Enemy Within" was just a metaphore for liberalism, that is, until I encountered Ductape Fatwa. He should be in an orange jumpsuit for sure.
peopleforchange.netductape is either a commie, al queda, or a deep cover mole
Tells you something about this asshole doesn't it. He's really serious.
I believe that DF is nothing but a Republican plant...
Ductape is a commie, a terrorist, and he drinks blood too. He drinks
Capitalist blood. He eats unborn babies too
Give me your address and I'll send you $20 and a thank-you note for taking your hatred elsewhere.
A terrorist with a sense of humor!
He ain't nuthin' but shit
inadequate, halfway house bullshit
You are a dumbass. Fuck you and your condescension about us "benighted sheeple." hamletta
Untruthful, damaging bullshit
no better than the neocons and no different than Timothy McVeigh
dailykos.coma turd in the punchbowl...if DF were Joe Hill he probably would have killed himself rather than get put to death.
A compost pile of fecundity
dailykos.comdespicable and literally mentally ill