Friday, August 12, 2005

Deep South, Deep Delusion

It seems Jimmy Hall can't make up his mind about Cindy Sheehan: is she a traitor—a dangerous criminal plotting to destroy the U.S. of A.—or a mere "fool" exercising her Constitutional right to dissent? Well, why not just say she's both and let God sort out the truth? That's exactly what Jimmy did.

Well Jimmy, if she's aiding the enemy as you say from one side of your mouth, then maybe you shouldn't be writing about her in a big-city newspaper, but should instead be informing the police or the Attorney General. Or is a column like yours the modern equivalent of a good-ol' boys, Stars-n-Bars lynch mob? You know, Deep-South justice?

But if she's being a free American—albeit a "foolish" and "disgraceful" one—expressing dissent under the protections granted by the Bill of Rights (this is the message that drips out the other side of your gob), then she's not aiding the enemy—she's helping America by promoting the conversation of democracy. See if you can put that monster-truck mind of yours to work on this little conundrum, Jimmy, and let us know what you come up with.

Meanwhile, the rest of us can send a letter to the editor of the Atlanta newspaper that printed this strange rant.

By the way, Jimmy, are the red eyes in the photograph your natural color? Personally, I like the look—Foster Brooks was a big favorite of mine, and you're the spittin' image.

I think the last word on all this should belong to Cindy Sheehan. Let's listen to her...

"...the people who flew those planes into the Trade Center, were they from Iraq? You tell me the truth. You tell me that my son died for oil. You tell me that my son died to make your friends rich. You tell me my son died to spread the cancer of Pax Americana, imperialism in the Middle East. You tell me that, you don't tell me my son died for freedom and democracy."

Here's a great page from which you can get yourself heard: Awaken the Media

And here's a place where you can join the campaign for impeachment: Impeach Bush

Finally, I know this is fairly serious stuff, which a lot of people would find simply too painful and depressing. So remember to have fun with it—to recall the energy of joy that arises when there is true community. As deluded as these brutal tyrants may be, we must laugh at them even as we expose them for what they truly are. There's probably nobody better at that than Jon Stewart (just click the link and open the video you see for a hilarious illustration).

There's also the inimitable Mark Morford, whose response to his neocon hate mail is a must-read.

If we fall silent into the vacancy of despair, then Bush and the other terrorists of this world win; and the shrill, hateful voices of Jimmy Hall and the other media slaves of tyrants will also prevail.

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