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COLUMN 103, MARCH 1, 2003
(Copyright 2003 The Blacklisted Journalist)

OUR BOY EMPEROR WARNS:
'I AIN'T GONNA LOSE!'


(CARTOON BY TREVOR IRVIN)

In a display of imperial self-assurance and gracious grandeur, our Boy Emperor went on television a few weeks ago to tell mothers and fathers to keep sacrificing their sons and daughters for the greater glory of his empire.  He sounded like he was playing the role of his idol, Emperor John Wayne.

'trust me!" was the meat of all his corporate crook doubletalk. "I know best!"

The Boy Emperor likes corporate crooks. He collects them in his cabinet.

On TV. he spoke to us with all the authority that Adolf Hitler addressed a hate-filled mob at a Nazi rally in Munich, Germany . Or was it like Emperor John Wayne playing Sheriff to his posse?

Listen, I know who the enemy is. And we're going to go out in those hills to kill?m."

But what John Wayne meant by "we? is that John Wayne himself led the posse into the hills.

WMDs?

We'll find somethin? yet. After all, Saddam gassed his own people!"

And what are you doing to your own people. Mr. Boy Emperor? But then, you consider your own people to be only your rich friends, don't you, Mr. Boy Emperor??

Intelligence?

Ignorance is intelligence," he explained, "and I should know!"

Our Boy Emperor has come a long way since we first described him as a Pinocchio, a member of that class of dummies carved from the tree of greed, those dummies known as the "upper


The Boy Emperor himself
brought 
the terrorism


classes." Suddenly, our Pinocchio has become comfortable with all this power thrust on him as the world's biggest bully. Suddenly, he's found the self-esteem that comes with enjoying the kind of exaltation an idiot like him never expected to get---to be Boy Emperor of the World! So, whose gonna stop?im from playin? Mr. John Wayne, Sheriff, if he wants to? He tells us the outlaw we gotta hunt before the outlaw hunts us terrorism. He says we gotta eliminate terrorism before it eliminates us.

Actually, he himself has manufactured our current terrorism. He has created a horde of suicidal Islamist extremists who've now risen up against what they see as still another Christian Crusade against Islam, a Crusade launched by our Boy Emperor himself with his wrong turn into Iraq.

See, on TV, he's talking to his fans, his faithful, the Yahoos of America, dummies like Toby Keith, the flag-waving country singer who mistakes true patriotism to be blind faith in our Boy Emperor rather than love for your neighbors, your countrymen---whether you agree with them or not. To guys like Toby, War is nothing but a sport, a spectacle, an entertainment---like big-time wrestling, Something that can pump up your passion, bringing you either joy or agony. War is a spectacle worth rooting for, especially if you don't have to suffer the bruises and bumps of the wrestlers in the ring.

Yeah, our Pinocchio, our Boy Emperor, our counterfeit leader, our man of wood was on NBC's Meet the Press the other week. In the Oval Office of the White House. There he was, sitting opposite host-of-the-show Tim Russert. And our Boy Emperor was ready for every low blow that Tim Russert thought he could get away with throwing. Our nimble Boy Emperor simply dodged or deflected the most stinging shots. He simply kept changing the subject. It wasn't mistakes our Boy Emperor said he was being accused of. He said he was being accused of Virtues. He knew what he was doing. Trust him! He was merely ruling the world as God had told him to rule it.

Poverty? We?ll eliminate it by starving the Lower Classes to death. Don't worry about the economy. Things are getting better. Trust me!"

Actually, the supreme confidence our Boy Emperor exuded filled me with alarm. Especially when he said, in effect, that he was going to win the election if he had to steal it again.

I'll play it as dirty as I have to. I ain't gonna lose!"

That was his message. Trust me!  ##

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