Joe Wilson, the idiot Representative from South Carolina who heckled the President tonight by shouting "You lie!" from the floor, deserves to have his site crashed with traffic from complaining citizens, despite the fact that he now has apparently issued an apology.
Is it too cynical of me to think that the entire stunt was yet another (again successful) attempt to direct the national conversation away from the moral disaster of our current scheme of health care? Am I now going to have to endure the barrage of editorials and reports about the outburst, the apology, the reception of the apology, the backlash, etc., etc. etc.? Will the idiot-windbag-at-large George Lakoff be enlisted to spread his nonsense all over this?
Bloody hell, it's time to move to a civilized country.
If memory serves, Brian Eno (of all people) wrote an essay some years back about propaganda. I recall that it made well the point that modern propaganda has more to do with controlling the topics of conversations than with imposing any particular beliefs. Does anyone recall this piece? Please provide a link if you have it handy.
As for me, I'll be busy puking for the next several days....