Harry Hope's Saloon

This blog takes it's name from the setting for O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh -- a lousy gin-mill; a smoked-out, greasy dive where the habitues have all landed, it seems, permanently. Their lives, in each case, are paralyzed by fear and laziness. Like my own.

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Revelling in Revenge

That's the title (in English) of one from the hundreds of endlessly suggestive epigrams penned by Friedrich Nietzsche.

"Uncultivated people," he says, "who feel insulted are accustomed to set the degree of insultingness as high as possible and to recount the cause of insult in strongly exaggerated terms, so as to be able to revel in the feeling of hatred and revengefulness thus engendered."

Appropos of Nietzsche then, I found this blog site while browsing through Salon's Right Hook column the other day.

It includes this One Fingered Victory Salute, by a blogger going by the Nom de guerre The Elder, who vents his passion with provocative relish:

The truth is that ever since the 2002 election (and earlier in some cases) we've had to put with a non-stop barrage of invective directed against President Bush. And now it's time for a response.

To the sneering punks who called Bush a smirking chimp, the conspiracy nutjobs who couldn't say four words without Halliburton dribbling out of their mouth, the goons who tried to shut down GOP campaign offices, the morons who think Bush is an idiot, the defeatists who encourage our enemies while demanding that we don't dare question their patriotism, the thugs who painted swastikas on Bush campaign signs, the sophists spouting "regime change begins at home", the historically challenged fools who compare Bush to Hitler, the "It's all about oil" idiots, the Fahrenheit 911 watching simpletons, the delusional paranoids who claim that fascism is now upon us, the self-important nobodies who fancy that their dissent is even worth crushing, and the disaffected expatriates who trash our president and country overseas to curry favor with their Euro buddies, I have a simple message using the straightforward words of Dick Cheney:

Go fuck yourselves.

I also want to extend my one fingered victory salute to some specific individuals and groups. So here's a big Fuck You victory shout out to:

Michael Moore, The City Pages, Al Franken, National Public Radio, Bruce Springsteen, MoveOn.org, Barbara Streisand, the a-holes at The New York Times (big-time!), Dan Rather, Rock The Vote, Garrison Keillor, CBS News, George Soros, The Guardian, Michael Stipe, The Minneapolis Star Tribune editorial board, P Diddy , Minnesota Public Radio, Nick Coleman, CNN, Paul Krugman, Kim Ode, the eastern half of Canada, Molly Ivins, Whoopi Goldberg, and France.

And I have a further message to all those (especially relevant for Michael Moore) who claim that they'd rather leave the country than spend another four years in George W. Bush's Amerika:

Don't let the border gate hit your ass on the way out.

So he writes ... probably trembling with excitement.

Of course, being rather uncultivated myself, my sensibilities are offended and I embrace the insult like a lover. I nurse it as a precious grievance - I post it here so I can share the feeling with you, so we can wait impatiently togehter to revel, and gloat, in our own spectacular revenge!


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