I may put this on DeathCentral too, but had to share this piece, which quickly is making the rounds through cyberspace. Veteran scribe Greil Marcus penned an obit that might appear after the current White House Squatter leaves this world. I dunno what motivated Marcus; perhaps it was some strange in-advance schadenfreude or cruel wishful thinking. At any rate, take a look:
Policy Review, October 5, 2018 — George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States, died today at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. He was 72. The cause of death was announced as heart failure.
Mr. Bush’s always controversial presidency left behind a changed nation and a changed world. Taking office in 2001 after a disputed election settled only by a 5-4 decision by a bitterly divided Supreme Court, and decisively reelected in 2004, President Bush led the United States into four wars, oversaw the dismantling of Social Security and Medicare, and enforced a drastic shrinking of elementary, secondary, and collegiate education. He spearheaded the transformation of President Bill Clinton’s budget surpluses of 1999 and 2000 into permanent deficits of more than a trillion dollars a year, thus profoundly reducing the amount of capital available to address the needs of the vast majority of citizens and inhibiting the creation of new jobs with any promise of advancement or financial security, while at the same time pursuing tax reductions that increased the differences between the income and assets of, in his own terminology, “owners” and “pre-owners” of “the American ownership society” to extremes almost beyond measure. When he left office, taxation of personal and corporate incomes, while still legally extant, had been effectively replaced by a new payroll tax, so that almost all investment, inheritance, and interest income was left tax-free. “Those with the greatest stake in America,” President Bush often said throughout his second term, “have the greatest stake in defending it. Thus we as a nation must do all that we can to ensure that the commitment of those with the greatest stake to the rest of us, a commitment on which our freedom and security rests, only grows greater.”
If I am alive then, and if something like this should appear in my morning newsfeed or newspaper, no doubt I will sip my coffee, wish his surviving relations well, note that every death diminishes each of us, and wonder how Shrubbie will like Hell. But I won’t share that last thought. It would be insensitive to do so on the heels of his demise — though not nearly so unfeeling and inhumane as Bush is when he claims to champion democracy around the world and equality for all US citizens while fighting to ensure that one particular group of his supposed constituents is unequal under law for all time.
In the meantime, it’s still 2006. Shrub is still on our side of the grass. And Greil Marcus ought to watch his back — you can’t trust pissed-off government goons.
How interesting to find political commentary in a gossip column. E! Television’s Ted Casablanca (he’s funny, “family,” and fiercely progressive on issues regarding equality for all under law. Usually, Ted Cee, when playing red-carpet press rat (his term), mischievously asks celebrities the identities of their same-sex crushes (and usually, the female stars cite Angelina Jolie; hell, I would have said the same pre-Brangelina). This time, he asks a different question to rapper/musician David Banner, who was wearing a jersey emblazoned with the word PIMP:
“Who’s the biggest pimp in Hollywood these days?” I asked, thinkin’ of Jude Law or perhaps Chad Michael Murray. But the rapper’s answer completely threw me.
“George W. Bush,” he snapped. “Um, what?” I asked. “In a good way or a bad way?”
“A bad way,” Davy-doll blurted, pronto. “See, a pimp is someone who sees a weakness in someone or something and exploits it for his own benefit.”
Très interesting. Wonder if Dubya would be offended or flattered by the latest descriptive noun attached to his Texas tush?
Très interesting, indeed. I certainly appreciate and admire Banner’s insightful response, but “terrorist” is an even better term to describe Georgie the Mendacious and Violent. You see, terrorists specifically exploit fear in others for their own purposes. Well, that’s Dubya for ya, don’tcha think?