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31 January 2006

This Old Yank - Gore Vidal - Gives His Own Great State of the Union Speech ...



Power prices being as exorbitantly excessive as they currently are in the UK, This Old Brit becomes more selective each passing wintry day regarding the use to which he puts any expensive energy.

Be it energy bought from the mega-money-making, privatised power companies, or that [still available albeit in limited quantities] literally life-sparking stuff he can quite categorically claim to be his own.

So, wasting electricity watching trashy television transmissions of the wanker in the White House as he waffles his way through his latest State of the Union speech, is something he certainly will not be doing. He saw plenty of [professional] pantomime at Xmas and now needs another performance - particularly one offered up by an absolute amateur - like he needs that proverbial hole in his head.

But there's something special that he has been doing today, which he highly recommends you do too.

Here's the hook. How does it grab you ?

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

Gore Vidal Delivers State of the Union:

"Let the Powers That Be Know There is Something Called We the People of the U.S. and all Sovereignty Rests in Us."

Well, we liked it. In fact, we liked it a lot; one almighty helluva lot.

Here's a taste of what one of This Old Brit's all time favourite Old Yanks has to say.

This is an unpatriotic government.

This is a government that deals openly in illegalities, whether it is attacking a country which has done us no harm, two countries -- Iraq and Afghanistan -- because we now believe, not in declaring war through Congress as the Constitution requires, but through the President.

" Well, I think there are some terrorists over there, and I think we got to bomb them, huh? We'll bomb them. "

Now, we've had idiots as presidents before.

He's not unique.

But he's certainly the most active idiot that we have ever had.

Ouch! Eh?

But wait, there's more.

And now here we are planning new wars, ongoing wars in the Middle East. And so as he comes with his State of the Union, which he is going to justify eavesdropping without judicial warrants on anybody in the United States that he wants to listen in on.

This is what we call dictatorship. Dictatorship. Dictatorship.

And it is time that we objected.

Don't say wait til the next election and do it through that. We can't trust the elections, thanks to Diebold and S&S and all the ....

( Big snip)

You know, it's at a time when people say, " Well, it makes no difference what we do, you know, if we march and we make speeches, and this and that."

It makes a lot of difference if millions of Americans just say, " We are fed up! We don't like you.

We don't like what you're doing to the country and what you have done to the country.

We don't like to live in a lawless land, where the rule of law has just been bypassed and hacks are appointed to the federal bench, who will carry on and carry on and carry on all of the illegalities which are so desperately needed by our military-industrial corporate masters."

Read the full Vidal version, courtesy of Democracy Now, right here.

13 Comments:

Anonymous graniab said...

Good one Richard. Rest assured I will neither be watching or listening to the State of the Union address tonight. I see you pipped the Daily Mirror to the post with your Sir Ian Blair piece!

12:31 am  
Anonymous graniab said...

Correction - should read I will neither be watching nor listening . . . Oops sorry about that!

12:33 am  
Anonymous Catherine D. said...

No, I never watch the smirking chimp. I'm too inclined to lob a brick through the television screen, and frankly, I can't afford that.

I just wish Gore Vidal was giving the Democrats' response to the SOTU (or the STFU as I prefer to call it).

1:58 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just watched 'highlights' on BBC TV news. Every word that came out of his mouth was an obvious lie. He says one thing but does another. How come some people still can't see right through him?

3:16 pm  
Blogger newManifesto said...

gore rules i just wish more people had the power to speak up like him

4:15 pm  
Anonymous kiwi said...

I couldn't believe what I was hearing. Orwellian isn't an adequate enough word.

How does he keep a straight face while saying exactly the opposite of what he thinks, means and intends ?

5:53 pm  
Blogger markfromireland said...

Richard - for some good news toddle along to my place.

7:57 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

graniab, pipped? I beat 'em by a mile. Heh.

catherine, you and a few million others.

anonymous and kiwi, good questions. If only we knew the answers, eh?

newmanifesto, too true. If only the did -- and if only they would, the world would be a much better place.

mark, that is good news. It's great that so many decent people were willing and able to help her. Let's hope her luck is changing for the better - and for good.

11:44 pm  
Blogger D.F. Facti said...

Thanks for the link, Richard.

What's the point of watching? It's all lies anyway.

6:06 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tens of thousands marched in the USA and abroad against the invasion of Iraq, and it didn't make a difference. It was already a foregone conclusion.

http://politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,,1700881,00.html

8:35 pm  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

Well, we here at the Enigma Cafe we watched and threw marshmallows at the TV, and we muted him and read the transcript the next day- he is just a pathological Criminal, and it really ticked me off the way the Democratics sat and clapped the Criminal in Theif...Thanks for posting on him. I hope that he and Tony are outed and soon....One can only eat so many cartons of Maalox a day...Thanks for the great blogging- keep at it Rick..

11:08 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

d.f.f., enigma & anon,

So true, one does often wonder what the point is.

Almost 2 million men, women & children marched here in London alone to try to stop this bloody war. Alas, all to no avail.

So obviously that's not enough. Maybe regular massed demonstrations along with serial displays of civil disobedience would work better. All none-violent of course. I wish I knew.

1:43 am  
Blogger Richard said...

Oh, btw,

Thanks for that link anon. Blatant, aren't they? They don't give a toss.

1:47 am  

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