Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Just as it was in Paradise and in Faust, Knowledge & Thinking in BushWorld is Sinful
So I watched Keith Olbermann's special comment Monday night (video here and transcript here) where Keith rightfully ripped Bush another new one over wanting to rewrite the Geneva Conventions and said that Bush fully owes America an apology (which he does... but Bush really owes us his resignation): "With increasing rage, he and his admin have begun to tell us, we are not permitted to disagree with them, that we cannot be right, that Colin Powell cannot be right. And then there was that one, most awful phrase: It's unacceptable to think," the President said. It is never unacceptable to think. And when a President says thinking is unacceptable, even on one topic, even in the heat of the moment, even in the turning of a phrase extracted from its context, he takes us toward a new and fearful path -- one heretofore the realm of science fiction authors and apocalyptic visionaries." Wow. I was not only stunned by how accurate Keith was, but I couldn't help but be reminded of what exactly the deadly sin of Adam & Eve was, as well what the sins Goethe's Faust and Marlowe's Dr. Faustus were deemed to be: Adam and Eve's stealing of the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge is the original sin of humanity. They dared to gain knowledge that was independent of God's express wishes. Faust's sin was the prideful desire to gain knowledge for its own sake and for the power that it would give him. A similar complaint has been raised against most modern education and science for centuries; it only serves man, not God. Think about that will ya? That is exactly what the Religious Frighters, who are terrified the theory of evolution may force their flocks to question the Bible's Genesis, are most afraid of. This is exactly what the same people who are brainwashing our kids into becoming "Jesus' lil army" are most afraid of. It is also exactly what the Repukes and BushCo are afraid of: If America were to wake up from the collective coma (as Colin Powell apparantly has) and educate themselves and make educated decisions when it comes to voting and so-called values, and dare to ask questions, the GOP and their evil financers the American Taliban wouldn't stand a popsicle's chance in hell of surviving b/c America would see what pure unadulterated mindless bullshit their spew is. Knowledge to this BushCo regime is what threatens them the most. Bush said as much beyond a shadow of a doubt when a reporter "dared" to ask him: "If a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former Sec of State feels this way, don't you think that Americans and the rest of the world are beginning to wonder whether you're following a flawed strategy?" What was Bush's ready to rip off the reporter's head w/his bare hands response?: "If there's any comparison between the compassion and decency of the American people and the terrorist tactics of extremists, it's flawed logic. It's just -- I simply can't accept that. It's unacceptable to think that there's any kind of comparison between the behavior of the US and the action of Islamic extremists who kill innocent women and children to achieve an objective." Well, to our very own unhinged and paranoid Pres Caligula Jr, I ask: When was the last time Islamic extremists respected the Geneva Conventions and Habeas Corpus? Probably the last time you did. When was the last time Islamic extremists gave a single thought to how many innocent civilians would be killed by a car bomb? Probably the last time you bothered to consider how many innocent civilians would be killed by white phosphorus, by Shock & Awe, or by your orders to kill, maim, and humiliate the 1000s rounded up in Abu Ghraib, Gitmo, and those secret black prisons. You have no moral highground. You pissed all that away the minute you launched this pre-emptive bloodletting for your PNAC/Neo-Con imperialistic agenda. So STFU about those of us who dare to THINK. God knows it happens so infrequently in your GOP sychophant/ born again circles. Your wife was supposedly a librarian... perhaps if she comes down from the lithium, she could introduce you to a few lil things called books, knowledge and law. Until then, I'm holding out the hope that just like the bloodthirsty Islamic extremists you delusionally believe you are somehow above, your evil-doing ass will rot in hell.