Addict (drugaddict) wrote,

Gore Vidal's State of the Union address

Today, the 31st of January, in the hallowed year, election year, of
'06, could be a memorable day if we all do our part, which is simply
to concentrate, among other things, and do perhaps what a couple of
groups have decided would be useful for the President, I guess his
State of the Union. We might give him some idea of our state, which
is one of great dissatisfaction with him and his regime. And there's
talk of perhaps demonstrating in front of the Capitol or here or
there around the country to show that the union is occupied by people
who happen to be patriots. And patriots do not like this government.

This is an unpatriotic government. This is a government that deals
openly in illegalities, whether it is attacking a country which has
done us no harm, two countries -- Iraq and Afghanistan -- because we
now believe, not in declaring war through Congress as the
Constitution requires, but through the President. 'Well, I think
there are some terrorists over there, and I think we got to bomb
them, huh? We'll bomb them.' Now, we've had idiots as presidents
before. He's not unique. But he's certainly the most active idiot
that we have ever had.

And now here we are planning new wars, ongoing wars in the Middle
East. And so as he comes with his State of the Union, which he is
going to justify eavesdropping without judicial warrants on anybody
in the United States that he wants to listen in on. This is what we
call dictatorship. Dictatorship. Dictatorship. And it is time that we
objected. Don't say wait 'til the next election and do it through
that. We can't trust the elections, thanks to Diebold and S&S and all
the electronic devices which are being flogged across the country to
make sure that elections can be so rigged that the villains will stay
in power.

I think demonstrations across the country could be very useful on
this famous Tuesday. Just say no. We've had enough of you. Go home to
Crawford. We'll help you raise the money for a library, and you won't
even ever have to read a book. We're not cruel. We just want to get
rid of you and let you be an ex-president with his own library, which
you can fill up with friends of yours who can neither read nor write,
but they'll be well served and well paid, we hope, by corporate
America, which will love you forever.

So I think it is really up to us to give some resonance to the State
of the Union, which will be largely babble. He's not going really try
to do anything about Social Security, we read in the papers. He has
no major moves, other than going on and on about the legality of his
illegal warrantless eavesdroppings and other breakings of the law.

I had a piece on the internet some of you may have seen a few days
ago, and there's a story about Tiberius, who's one of my favorite
Roman emperors. He's had a very bad press, because the wrong people
perhaps have written history. But when he became emperor, the Senate
of Rome sent him congratulations with the comment, "Any law that you
want us to pass, we shall do so automatically." And he sent a message
back. He said, "This is outrageous! Suppose I go mad. Suppose I don't
know what I'm doing. Suppose I'm dead and somebody is pretending to
be me. Never do that! Never accept something like preemptive war,"
which luckily the Senate did not propose preemptive wars against
places they didn't like. But Mr. Bush has done that.

So this is a sort of Tiberius time without, basically, a good
emperor, and he was a good emperor in the sense that he sent back
this legislation, which was to confirm anything he wanted to have
done automatically. And they sent it back to him again. And then he
said, "How eager you are to be slaves," and washed his hands of the
Senate and went to live in Capri, a much wiser choice, just as we can
send this kid back to Crawford, Texas, where he'll be very, very
happy cutting bushes of the leafy variety.

You know, it's at a time when people say, 'Well, it makes no
difference what we do, you know, if we march and we make speeches,
and this and that.' It makes a lot of difference if millions of
Americans just say, "We are fed up! We don't like you. We don't like
what you're doing to the country and what you have done to the
country. We don't like to live in a lawless land, where the rule of
law has just been bypassed and hacks are appointed to the federal
bench, who will carry on and carry on and carry on all of the
illegalities which are so desperately needed by our
military-industrial corporate masters."

I think a day dedicated to that and to just showing up here and there
around the country will be a good thing to do. And so, let the powers
that be know that back of them, there's something called "We the
people of the United States," and all sovereignty rests in us, not in
the board rooms of the Republicans.
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