to the World
July 2, 2001
On June 11th, 2001 Timothy McVeigh was executed for what
is described as the worst act of domestic terrorism in American
history. McVeigh was a man who was so convinced that his government
had become so corrupt, so oppressive that he felt he had to
commit the most horrific act of violence ever by a man against
his own countrymen and women as well as 19 children. And,
of course, many of Americans sat glued to their TV's while
the media broadcast countdown after countdown.
All the major media, especially the 24 hour services like
CNN tripped over themselves to rebroadcast the same interviews,
the same pictures of the prison and the same remarks by survivors
until folks could recite them by heart. If you were watching
TV over the weekend it was pretty much all you heard about.
Over and over. And over. Don't get me wrong, this guy committed
a horrible crime, but the media seemed to have been hell bent
that this was all we talked or cared about. They made a poor
disturbed little man a celebrity. Which is exactly what he
Now from the "oh no, there he goes again" dept. - anybody
know what else happened on June 11th? That's right. His Royal
Smugness headed off to Europe to do whatever he could to embarrass
us all abroad, smirking and shirking our allies. Over and
over. Ari and Dick must have changed their shorts many times
during the press conference in Spain.
But there was something I noticed in what coverage was available.
You could see the protests on TV and you could read about
them in the newspaper. Why is it okay for these protests to
receive coverage but the ones here at home are regulated to
"First Amendment Zones" and omission from the media? Why is
it okay for the Europeans to have their voices heard but we
here at home, the people who have to deal with this numbskull,
have had our voices stifled? Why am I asking such a stupid
question? I am convinced after Dubya's "Yes, I Really Am An
Idiot Tour" that Europe has a better handle on freedom of
the press than we do.
Since that dark, rainy and ominous day in January, there
have been protests everywhere President Happy Meal has appeared.
Some have been small and some have been quite large. But the
media has ignored all of them. Even when thousands participated
on May 19th in Washington D.C. and San Francisco for the VoterMarch
demonstration, there was nothing on the airwaves. (Those of
us here at the DemocraticUnderground.com kept looking that
day.) Yet, the media feel safe in broadcasting what little
they do of the European protests. They don't seem to realize
they are contributing to the isolationism that the rest of
the world sees Hop-along Bushie perpetuating. Y'see, the Europeans
have the same access to our news via the Internet as we do
Those of us who've been looking know that our allies have
had Junior pegged as a threat if not an imbecile from long
before he was appointed. However, based upon our own mainstream
media, they must think we're just fine with this pre-school
politician. If they were to see all the polls that have been
"freeped," which the corporate-owned sheep masquerading as
"journalists" air on their broadcasts and post on their web
sites, we think Bush-Lite is doing just fine. They think we're
just like him! They think we're more obsessed with an execution
which "most Americans support" than we are of the fact that
we have an illegitimate president. Our allies know more about
what happened in Florida than many Americans do for the simple
fact that real journalists like Greg Palast have had to go
to the U.K. to do their job.
Although I would NEVER condone the evil which Tim McVeigh
wrought upon the innocent that day in April six years ago,
was his basic view towards the government correct in some
ways? Selection 2000 was corrupt. The Supreme Court's decision
was corrupt. Although McVeigh was angry before Jr. got a new
job from his poppy I'll always wonder if he was a Bushie or
not. If he was, well, that would explain why they were in
such a hurry to put him to sleep. Regardless, there will always
be unanswered questions around these terrible acts. The explosion,
the execution, as well as the Supreme Court's standing in
for the voters of Florida.
But there I go digressing again. I guess what I've wanted
to say for a long time is this:
To the world, our allies, our international neighbors, Please
don't let this little man do more damage to our relationships,
which have been established and nurtured for many years before
he ever showed up. Please try to remember while he tortures
your language and ours that most of America did not vote for
him. He does not speak for the majority of us. Most of us
here are victims of a biased court that simply gave him a
job when no one else would. Trust us, Texas is glad to be
rid of him. They are still busy cleaning up his mess and now
we all will be faced with the same task in three and a half
We know he makes you angry. But put yourself in our shoes.
We have to live with his ineptitude. We have to live with
the embarrassment. We have to live with his smirk and giggle
routine. I have to tell you, it's not easy. Try to picture,
if you would, a once proud and respected couple being mortified
because their two-year-old thinks it's funny to fart in church.
That's America today. Oh, sure, we have some "relations" who
think he's just cute as the dickins. However, us grown-ups
know better. Please, please, please bear with us.
And don't believe what our media is saying. See, they don't
go after the truth anymore. They don't have the "bollocks"
to stand up to their corporate owners who tell them what the
truth is for the day.
So, to our friends and allies, please just pat him on the
head and send him on his way. Oh, and by the way, lock up
the liquor cabinet. We don't trust him either.