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Sunday, November 21, 2004 | The Rightness of Bush, Labels, and Your Underwear
The fascination with labels is by no means an exclusively American phenomenon.
If you ask a sociologist, they will probably tell you that the urge to classify oneself as this or that goes back to ancient cave tribe days.
Within the context of modern politics, however, it is a useless anachronism.
In the US, the tribes cannot even agree among themselves what they are: Liberal, Conservative, Democrat, Republican, Progressive, Moderate, Centrist, the list goes on.
The task of sorting them all out is not made any easier by the fact that millions of people who prefer one of the terms above to describe their political bent agree on such basic core principles like the world belongs to the US, which should itself be a feudal, single industry state, ruled by warlords dedicated to getting rich off the single industry, which is war.
Now of course, all those label-wearers don't put it in those words. Putting things into really good-sounding words has replaced the ideological divide, so some of them will call it "keeping America safe," and others will call it some lofty verbal concoction intended to mean "helping our childlike foreign brothers," but no matter how it is worded, or by whom, the on-the-ground result is the same: more dead people, more dollars in pockets already challenging the best seams the Armani stitchers can turn out.
That it neither makes America safe nor helps anyone except the warlords is but a minor detail.
Consider your underwear drawer. You may prefer the Hanes no-tag, all cotton t-shirts, but if you fail to do your laundry, you will quickly find yourself reduced to the Fruit of the Loom 50-50 scratchy tag ones, and if you persist in letting the dirty stuff pile up, eventually, you will reach the point where the label no longer matters, and put on the ill-fitting, no-name mystery material article some well-meaning but half-blind aunt gave you as a gift. At this point you no longer have the luxury of considering labels and niceties. You are down to the bare-bones question of does it provide coverage and protection from the elements. That is why you wear a t-shirt in the first place. The labels and the style and comfort are just marketing gimmicks to mask that reality.
Similarly, the primary function of political labels today is to mask reality.
The laundry basket is overflowing with several decades worth of all manner of t-shirts, none of which passes the smell test, and by now it is probable that the ones on the bottom are no longer usable at all.
Thus, nuances have become the latest and hottest trend in Emperor-wear.
Dropping bombs on villages, firing missiles into refugee camps and residential streets, hauling people off to torture chambers, pumping bullets into children and blowing off their little legs and heads with cluster bombs is not a nuance-able activity.
One either participates in, supports and approves of it, or one does not.
What kind of missile one fires, and whether one maims or kills one or two children or thousands are not good candidates for productive talking points.
Bush's earpiece was correct when it fed him the "with us against us" line (actually he said 'with us or with the terrorists' but 'terrorist' has lost any meaning it ever had, and has been reduced to an over the counter recreational term that can and is used, aimed and claimed by any and everybody.
No matter how it is worded, US policy is as clear as a charred pile of bones in a field, as indisputable as bits of brain slowly sliding down a bloodied mosque wall in the desert sun, as plain as the Abu Ghraib photos that Google has removed from its database. (They were, you may remember, pictures the world was never meant to see).
Today, every human being on earth, both inside and outside the US, can expect one of three things from America:
1) To be killed
2) That someone else will be paid to kill you, directly or indirectly
3) You will be offered money to kill someone else, or threatened if you do not, directly or indirectly
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