If you read Zen Apathy carefully, you may notice something is missing from that sarcastic rant. True, there aren't any links in the entry. That's the apathy part. I don't honestly care if you believe a word I blog because I know you are too lazy to follow any off-site links anyway. But, also nowhere in it do you read me mentioning the president by name. And not thinking about the Dubya is very zen. Unfortunately. I mistakenly thought I was going to be able to take some well-deserved time away from even blogging the name George W. Bush. Since the president snuck in a quicky news conference before his own upcoming 4-day vacation at Camp David, I had to make one quick observation while it was on my mind. Every once in a while there is a germane convergence of current events, reality, and the things about which I blog.
This doesn't happen too often -- even though I read basically the same news as everyone else -- but when it does happen, it's my duty to help you connect the dots or look at a given situation through the eyes of the Unbeheld. Besides having a little creative fun with mixing reality with absurd sarcasm, I figure all the cool kids are doing it nowadays anyway. I was never very good resisting peer pressure.
First of all, many commentators, pundits and politicians may have made the mistake of reading too much into Karl Rove's victory speech that the president read aloud in front of the class on November 3rd. There were people incorrectly assuming that some magic olive branch of bi-partisanship had appeared in the victory speech.
Reaching these goals will require the broad support of Americans. So today I want to speak to every person who voted for my opponent. To make this nation stronger and better, I will need your support and I will work to earn it. I will do all I can do to deserve your trust. A new term is a new opportunity to reach out to the whole nation. We have one country, one constitution, and one future that binds us. And when we come together and work together, there is no limit to the greatness of America.
Moderate political commentators, obviously brain-addled from a long election night, must not have realized this speech was likely written on several cocktail napkins in a trendy bar within the Republican National Convention green zone, earlier this year, in New York City. Each sentence fragment short enough for Dubya to read aloud was likely passed around to each GOP delegate sitting at the table and if they could repeat the words with a straight face, without laughing their ass off, they had to drink a shot. George W. Bush's victory speech is no political olive branch -- it is the cynical product of a GOP drinking game.
Right-wing conservatives, more than simply being brain-addled, are deliriously joyful but absolutely delusional with the president's successful retention of his job. Media Matters has a great post on conservative media rushing around to declare Bush's victory 'historic' and a clear 'mandate'.
Proving these moderates wrong and these conservatives delusional is easy. One need only to read a small portion of the owner's manual for the Perpetual Delusion Machine (PDM) and apply it to the election and some of the first words out of Bush's mouth after being elected.
It's incredibly laughable when you make the comparison between right-wing rhetoric and propaganda with reality. However, if I were a right-wing Red Stater who voted for Bush, I'd be fairly pissed off if I were actually able to shake the fog of faith out of my mind long enough to truly see the light of reality. It's just laughable to me because I have been practicing my Zen Apathy.
For example, on GOPUSA, in Moral Values Important Issue to Voters:
"In the state of Ohio, where marriage was on the ballot, there can be drawn a direct line between voter turnout in support of the amendment and President Bush's small margin of victory there," Perkins commented. "Without Ohio, and the president's public support of marriage, President Bush could not have won."
Now let's check the Perpetual Delusion Machine owner's manual:
The leaders of the backlash may talk Christ, but they walk corporate. Values may "matter most" to voters, but they always take a back seat to the needs of money once the elections are won. This is a basic earmark of the phenomenon, absolutely consistent across its decades-long history. Abortion is never halted. Affirmative action is never abolished. The culture industry is never forced to clean up its act. Even the greatest culture-warrior of them all, Ronald Reagan, was a notorious cop-out once it came time to deliver.
One might expect this reality to vex the movement's true believers. Their grandstanding leaders never produce, their fury mounts and mounts, and nevertheless they turn out every two years to return their right-wing heroes to office for a second, a third, a twentieth try. The trick never ages, the illusion never wears off. Vote to stop abortion; receive a rollback in capital-gains taxes. Vote to make our country strong again; receive deindustrialization. Vote to screw those politically correct college professors; receive electricity deregulation. Vote to get government off our backs; receive conglomeration and monopoly everywhere from media to meatpacking. Vote to stand tall against terrorists; receive Social Security privatization efforts. Vote to strike a blow against elitism; receive a social order in which wealth is more concentrated than ever before in our lifetimes, in which workers have been stripped of power and CEOs are rewarded in a manner beyond imagining.
Dubya: "With the campaign over, Americans are expecting a bipartisan effort and results. I will reach out to everyone who shares our goals and I'm eager to start the work ahead."
I guess you could call that a conditional olive branch. You could also read that to mean in the "If you're not with us, you're against us" way, too. So, now that those pesky gay men who are silly enough to desire to get married riled up the right-wing backlash vote in 11 states, like Ohio, and helped retain the mandate monkey-in-chief, on what 'moral values' issues will the Bush administration spend its political capital?
According to CNN: He said his administration would focus on economic recovery, fixing an outdated tax code, allowing younger workers to invest their Social Security withholdings, and building on education initiatives.
And true right-wingers are alreadybitching about the recent post-election comments coming from Arlen Specter concerning Roe v. Wade and possible Supreme Court nominess that might overturn it. Today, I did see one person who seems to understand the Perpetual Delusion Machine -- Paul Craig Roberts.
So, if anyone of you have followed any of my handy-fucking-dandy off-site links in this entry -- and aren't being total 1102 Slackers by actually doing something like reading the information there -- you won't be all left-wing explody over Bush being re-elected. And, I guess, if you're a right-wing person -- gloating time may already be over.
Not that you care, or that I care that you don't care, but just as information -- it's back to Zen Apathy tomorrow for me.