Saturday, July 03, 2004

Gary Indiana: Bill Clinton is a Great Man Because He is not Human Shit 

I (speakingcorpse) will have more to say later about the novelist Gary Indiana's eloquent review of President Clinton's autobiography, but I thought I'd alert you to it and present you with a passage. It seems that Indiana (who refers to Midge Decter's biography of the clinically psychotic torture-advocate Donald Rumsfeld as an example of "coprophagia") is a new avatar of the AmCop spirit:

"I will leave it to others to parse whether it is preferable, given the systemic and implacable evils of maintaining an empire that is inherently vampiric and suicidal, to have its declining years managed by Rapture-hungry mental dwarves, cretinous judges flapping about in Iolanthe-inspired Inquisition costumes of their own design, and megalomaniacs of indeterminable species such as Richard Perle; or by a plain-talking arriviste who can't resist a Big Mac and a strawberry milk shake, and once in a while needs a blowjob from somebody he isn't married to. I happen to think it does make a difference what kind of arse sits in the Oval Office and whether he governs with a sense of his own transience and imperfection or uses fear and intimidation to whip the population into line with whatever brand of pious bullshit makes him feel like Superman. For people who truly believe the Bush coup d'├ętat has 'restored honor to the Presidency,' or however that tired tune goes, I recommend Bill Clinton's book as a good strong dose of the reality principle. Honorable people don't waste any time proclaiming how honorable they are, and sometimes honor consists in admitting you fucked up."


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