The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

23 October 2003

Nothing matters, and what if it did?

From the official statement of John Mellencamp (and his lovely wife Elaine) on the way things are allegedly crumblin' down:

The Governor of California was removed from office based on finance troubles. And yet George W Bush has lied to us, failed to keep our own borders secure, entered a war under false pretense, endangered lives, and created financial chaos. How is it that he hasn't been recalled? Perhaps this time we could even have a real election...but that wouldn't fit the Bush administration's "take what you want and fire people later" policy. Take an election; take an oil field; take advantage of your own people — a game of political Three-Card Monte.

The fight for freedom in this country has been long, painful, and ongoing. It is time to take back our country. Take it back from political agendas, corporate greed and overall manipulation. It is time to take action here in our land, in our own schools, neighborhoods, farms, and businesses. We have been lied to and terrorized by our own government, and it is time to take action. Now is the time to come together.

Well, I'd certainly be upset if someone were manipulating my overalls.

Actually, the last paragraph would be quite wonderful were it not for the one preceding it, which merely recites the standard anti-Bush litany to eye-glazing effect. Unlike the Dixie Chicks before him, Mellencamp doesn't come off here as opportunistic, and I don't expect him to have to perform acts of damage control as a result of this broadside, but I am surprised to see him hewing so closely to a line he neither invented nor improved upon.

I'm not one of those people who believe that celebrity-type persons have nothing to say about the human condition or political situations. On the other hand, I don't cut them any slack for being famous, either. And if Mellencamp gets fisked over this piece, well, ain't that America?

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Mellancamp's tirade is too painfully boring to fisk. The same-old "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore" vent has gotten tired, and coming from the likes of celebrities who utilize their fame and vocal chords for other than their (supposed) singing abilities, it's an even more hacknied rant. Frankly, I'm more pissed at Bush because of his "No Child Left Behind" act which presently is terrorizing every school system in the country as it is misinterpreted to fit the needs of any given school administration (eg, no more F's; no child can be suspended, etc). But that's another talk show. And I don't feel like proofreading this. So if there's typos, oh well. I didn't have the advantage of not being Left Behind.

Posted by: Vickie at 5:55 PM on 23 October 2003

Recalling President Bush: someone ought to send Mr. Mellencamp a link to the US Constitution site.

Posted by: Juliette at 7:38 PM on 23 October 2003

I am surprised to see him hewing so closely to a line he neither invented nor improved upon.

The reason it all sounds the same is because...

Its so painfully obvious to people with a brain between their ears that Bush is dangerous in more varied and real ways than Clinton ever was. This is real blatent destruction of the American way we are witnessing. You can dismiss it as just so much more "Bush Hating". But its only fair to characterize it as irrational Bush hating if you look at Christians as having an irrational hatred for Lucifer.

Bush is drawing ire from all sectors; scientists, teachers, governors, economists, historians... even conservatives!

Is it suprising that people who would be better served by keeping their mouths shut feel obliged to say something? Not really... unless you've spent the last few years with your hands over your eyes and ears singing "God Bless America" at the top of your lungs. Or you entertain, to the point of nauseum the idea of impartiality in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

Bush is poison. Not so much the man, but the rancid detritus that sticks to him like phglem to the insides of your lungs during a bad cold. Getting rid of Bush will effectively kick out the oppurtunistic band of cronies that rode in on the Bush express.

Do you hear that sound? Its the chorus. Soon, with any luck and a little reality check by the hold outs we'll hear the fat lady sing on what has been a truly embarrasing presidency. We'd do better without one in my opinion.

Posted by: bruce at 8:29 PM on 23 October 2003

blah blah blah bush bad blah blah blah.

Someone should point out to Johnny Cougar that Presidents can't actually be recalled. I tend to tune out those who complain about politics yet have not the slightest idea how this country works.

Posted by: Cam at 2:26 PM on 24 October 2003

Bruce, don't confuse criticism with ire. If nearly everyone has a complaint about Bush, that only means he's not focus-grouping everything he does.

The question is whether those complaints will translate into votes for Generic Democrat to Be Named Later.

There is nothing of substance, at this point, to say that they will. Believing nevertheless that the electorate will abandon him for one of the Mudville Nine is kind of like believing that Ed McMahon is going to pay you a visit with a check for $10 million.

And the Mudville Nine hasn't even sent in their entry forms.

Posted by: McGehee at 9:42 AM on 25 October 2003

I never get my philosophy from poets(musical or otherwise). I could find enough drugs and alcohol to come up with the same stuff, if I wanted to, but it might not rhyme.

OTOH: Considering world views to be accurate coming Jack Burton of the Pork Chop Express is completely legal in my book.

Posted by: Terkish Payne at 10:39 PM on 25 October 2003