Powerless Seething Liberal Fury

Just in time for the Republican convention is the ‘ground breaking’ theatrical performance entitled, “I’m going to kill the President. A Federal Offence.” Playing in a secret location in New York during the Republican Convention, by an anonymous author, “Hieronymous BANG,” who is unavailable for comment. My understanding is that the Secret Service would like to, ‘just talk’ to the guy. Briefly.

Salon.com describes it as, "a madcap farce about terrorism and apathy in John Ashcroft's America whose performance may or may not be a federal offense." And nytheatre.com illuminates what kind of truth is being spoken to power:

******** ***** * must operate under the radar of George ****'s culture of fear. We must elude the attention of ********** deny our rights to free speech and expression - nothing illegal happens in this play! (Calling the White ***** to demand an end to war is the right of every *********.) So, for the personal safety of yourself and everyone involved, please take *** following precautionary measures... nytheatre.com

Awhile back there was another hate speech play in NY, wherein the President is called an, "idiot scion of a genetically criminal family that should have been sterilized three generations ago," and Republicans are 'suggested for extermination'.

As if that weren't enough there's a liberal novel coming out entitled, "Checkpoint," by Nicholson Baker about killing President George Bush. Which was written in the spirit of the powerless seething fury it's author felt about Bush taking us to war. It's not clear which war he means- Afghanistan or Iraq. Who knows?

...Something must be done to prevent another Bush victory, and America's artistes are out to do it.

First, there was Michael Moore's movie, "Fahrenheit 9/11," a crude quasi-Marxist fantasy about the war in Iraq, filled with distortions but widely praised by reviewers. (Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper, for instance, gave it two thumbs up, with Roeper explaining, "I've been angry at Bush's arrogance and incompetence, and I've despised his policies.")

Next, there was the July 8 fundraiser for John Kerry in New York, at which Whoopi Goldberg "fired off a stream of vulgar sexual wordplays on Bush's name in a riff about female genitalia," as one newspaper put it. Paul Newman said that Bush's tax cuts were "borderline criminal."...

[Checkpoint] ...is a long conversation between two men about assassinating President Bush. Yes, killing the sitting president of the United States.

One of the characters, named Jay, says of Bush, "He is beyond the beyond. What he's done with this war. The murder of the innocent. And now the prisons. It's too much. It makes me angry . ... I'm going to kill the .(expletive) ... I'm going to assassinate the president."

Jay calls Bush "an unelected (expletive) drunken oilman" who is "squatting" in the White House and "muttering over his prayer book each morning." He says Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld have "fought their way back up out of the peat bogs where they've been lying, and they're stumbling around with grubs scurrying out of their noses."

Jay then describes methods of murdering the president, including radio-controlled flying saws that are "ultra-sharp and they're totally deadly, really nasty." Other methods: a gun and a remote-controlled boulder.

A statement from Knopf says that "Baker wrote 'Checkpoint' in response to the powerless seething fury many Americans felt when President Bush decided to take the nation to war." (Never mind that the October 2002 votes on authorizing the president to use force in Iraq were 77-23 in the Senate and 296-133 in the House.) Scipps Howard News Service

Seriously, with the exciting parade of anarchists and convention protestors New York is going to be a very interesting place come August 30th. It's what I like to think of as the real Democratic Convention. What with Democratic and liberal Protestors planning on signing up as volunteers for the Republican convention to sabotage it, Counter Convention organizers, anarchists planning fake terrorist attacks, (or who knows, maybe real ones,) all the fringe marxist, anti-capitalist, anti-globalist progressive kooks will be out in force. Hopefully it will be properly catalogued, documented, and shown to the world.

Posted by Eric Simonson at August 9, 2004 11:48 PM