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Forget Bush, Miller thinks America is a miserable failure

Forget Bush, Miller thinks America is a miserable failure

I know, this is what I get for watching television at 12 a.m., but it was Dennis Miller and I have long had a soft spot for the old ‘that’s the news and I am outta here’-paper throwing uncaped crusader. (Almost took out a girl’s eye in seventh grade imitating his end of broadcast stunt, though)

Dennis was much more subdued than usual, but no less obtuse (who are the Plantagenats, again?) But, he has a purpose now, a mission: he wants to be headquarters for the common sense revolution.

And why?

Because, and I quote “The American experiment appears to be imploding.”

Nice, that he gives us the qualifying “appears,” but the tenor of the rest of his “monologue” was less equivocal.

Although he’s ok with two men getting married, “If a foreigner wants to blow their wedding up, a terrorist, well I expect my country to kill him before he gets the chance and if that makes me a right wing fanatic well allow me to bask in that asignation.”

Hope he’s wearing sunscreen because the assignation burns brightly.

Doesn’t Dennis realize that the homegrown nutcases like the Phelps from Kansas- based Westboro Baptist Church are much more likely to blow up the gay wedding than any “foreigner?”
But even beyond that, the notion that the United States should kill people because they *want* to cause harm, or even because they *want* to kill others is so insane, I can’t believe he actually thinks this is “common sense.”

How can we possibly know what people want to do before they’ve done it? More importantly how can we kill people for it? This kind of delusional bravado may make good applause lines, but he’s wrong if he thinks that trigger happiness makes any kind of common sense.

In Brooklyn this weekend a teenager was shot to death for opening a door. No doubt, as Miller says Bush feels about the 500 plus dead troops, the police officer’s heart is just torn up about the loss, but that’s little comfort to the dead boy’s family.

I have heard it over and over, “what good is privacy if we’re dead?” or I’d rather be safe than free or put another way “After the World Trade Center was first attacked in 1993, some of the guilty were indicted, and tried, and convicted, and sent to prison. But the matter was not settled…After the chaos and carnage of September 11th, it is not enough to serve our enemies with legal papers.”
But is it true?
Look, there’s certainly a place for war and the military, but there is also a place for the courts and our judges and the constitution — but it seems the Dennis Millers would like to see those institutions gutted, reserved for parking tickets and drug offenders.

But in Miller’s world (and I suppose the President’s world, since he’s indicated that he doesn’t think criminal courts deter crime or that courtrooms are the place to settle medical malpractice claims) common sense is the first thing out the window.
Think I’m kidding?
Not one minute after suggesting that the American “experiment” has imploded, he began to rant about Mark Gergagos and Scott Peterson. Apparantly, once you’ve been arrested for a crime, we should just go right to sentencing.
That’s not “common sense,” it’s fear and paranoia. The Muslim guy with mustache is evil (another fine moment from Miller’s show) so America kills him. 10 percent of the Islamic world agrees with bin Laden (Naomi Wolff was ignored when she asked in horror, “so we kill them all?”) You disagree with the President, you “aid and abet” our country’s enemies (direct quote from David Horowitz a guest on Miller last night…Miller didn’t disagree.) David Frum went on to suggest that the Democrats shouldn’t even be able to discuss the “war on terror” in New Hampshire, “that’s not politics, it’s national security.” He then said that politics is “what labor union gets what contract.” Really? So now courts are ineffective and politics is petty… what’s next to go? Science?

I know what it’s like to live in a state of perpetual fear. I grew up in a NYC ‘hood, was held at gunpoint when I was seven, had a cousin murdered when I was 12 and can’t remember playing outside unless my mom came with me, but violence isn’t what assuages fear.
God, family, education, governments, courts, sports, music, museums, yoga …in essence, the great American experiment does.
Believe in it, Dennis.

54 Responses to “Forget Bush, Miller thinks America is a miserable failure”

  1. amy Says:

    O’Reilly is a self-important, over-paid, douchebag. I’m sorry, can I say “douchebag” here?

    What I really meant to say was,don’t hold your breath, that man will never admit that he is or ever has been wrong.

  2. CW Says:

    Pre-emption is really a litmus issue. At what point do you say “OK, maybe it would be a good idea to do something before this terrorists hurts someone/more people?” When the terrorists jumps out of his seat on the airliner and says “OK I’m taking over the plane”? Do you wait until he slits the flight attendant’s throat so you KNOW he really means it? Or do you stop him when he shows up to the airport to board the plane? What if there are 1000 of him, with 100 planes of their own? Then what do you do? “Wait until he attacks” before reacting doesn’t always make sense.

  3. CW Says:

    Pre-emption is really a litmus issue. At what point do you say “OK, maybe it would be a good idea to do something before this terrorists hurts someone/more people?” When the terrorists jumps out of his seat on the airliner and says “OK I’m taking over the plane”? Do you wait until he slits the flight attendant’s throat so you KNOW he really means it? Or do you stop him when he shows up to the airport to board the plane? What if there are 1000 of him, with 100 planes of their own? Then what do you do? “Wait until he attacks” before reacting doesn’t always make sense.

  4. CW Says:

    Pre-emption is really a litmus issue. At what point do you say “OK, maybe it would be a good idea to do something before this terrorists hurts someone/more people?” When the terrorists jumps out of his seat on the airliner and says “OK I’m taking over the plane”? Do you wait until he slits the flight attendant’s throat so you KNOW he really means it? Or do you stop him when he shows up to the airport to board the plane? What if there are 1000 of him, with 100 planes of their own? Then what do you do? “Wait until he attacks” before reacting doesn’t always make sense.

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