Saturday, December 03, 2005

Thank you

Finally, someone has recognized the absolute banality of the popular anti-Bush movement. Via Matt Yglesias, this piece in TNR by Jason Zengerle makes a sacrificial lamb out of Bright Eyes' Colin Oberst. But a worthy lamb he is; writes Zengerle:
So, without further ado, here are the opening lines of the protest song of the century: "When the president talks to God, are the conversations brief or long? Does he ask to rape our women's rights? And send poor farm kids off to die? Does God suggest an oil hike when the president talks to God?" Yes, the lyrics are that bad, and the instrumentation--provided by a lone, off-putting acoustic guitar--isn't much better.


The only thing that's provocative about Oberst's celebrated protest song is its insults. "When the president talks to God, do they drink near beer and go play golf?" Oberst sings. "When he kneels next to the presidential bed, does he ever smell his own bullshit?"
Is this helpful? Will this convince anyone that isn't already convinced? Will this cause people to take to the streets? No: no more than the "Bush is stupid" jokes that drop into my inbox regularly; no more than the equally awful Green Day lyrics that are all the rage these days; no more than "Fahrenheit 9/11".

Bush is obviously an utter incompetent. Please, just try and keep the discourse civil, intelligent and maybe even hopeful.


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