Monday, January 14, 2002

"My mother always said when you're eating pretzels, chew before you swallow. Listen to your mother." - Gee Dubya Bush, 1/14/02

I got a boo boo. Mommy kiss it, make it better.Late yesterday we almost wound up with Dick Cheney as president when G.W. choked on a half-masticated pretzel and passed out while watching a football game on TV. It certainly would have been an historic succession from one president to another, and certainly would have been a fitting farewell to W, but I think it's more interesting (and humiliating for him) to have survived.

Will the gloves come back off now? Will the comedians and talk show hosts make the appropriate jokes? Or will they continue to tip-toe around the war-time commander-in-chief, lest they disrupt the bipartisan harmony that's surrounded us since September 11?

I'm quite serious when I say this is a vital test for our democracy. This must be mocked if we're to retain the right of satire which are inherent in the first amendment. Letting this go, un-parodied, would set a dangerous precedent and make other forms of less-popular speech all the more difficult.

I urge you to stand up for democracy, protect the Constitution, and mock the President! It's a matter of vital national security. Won't you make fun of W today? Thank you.

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