by Emmett R Smith
IN His latest column syndicated to the Mankato Free Press, Mr Garrison Keillor wrote about the wounds of a US Army soldier in Iraq, words not quoted by me here as they were simply sadistic description and made doubly vicious because voyeuristic, which is the essence of the impermissible.
MR Keillor then went on in descending tones to write, “Your heart goes out to the brave young man. And what choice does he have other than to be brave? It’s either that or the life of a potato. But who did this to him?”
WELL, Apart from Mr Cheney and the other nationalistic American children of a lesser God, if I am not mistaken the answer to that question is that it is Mr Keillor, who today wrote brutally and graphically of the young soldier’s actual wounds
NOW I was not in the military, I simply didn’t have to be in order to learn about “Yes, Sir!” and “No, Sir!” and putting paint on things, and that’s all there is (objectively) to the value in ANY of that — it just wasn’t a necessary part of my fate.
MR Keillor has had a similar good deal from life, and it behooves people like us above all just not to get too far above ourselves:
ONLY Somebody who has been in battle for all of the nonsense reasons you can name — and, they are all nonsense, no one but a God-damned fool or a male striving at manhood with an overactive “inner woman” will foolishly even dare to say I am “wrong” in any of this, in any respect — has any right whatsoever to write publicly and so bitterly, realistically, about the suffering of a comrade.
IT Follows logically therefore that anyone else who dares to do is just plain out of line, they are a peering, prying pornographic outsider, literature and “literary effect” is no excuse, case closed.
I Enjoy Mr Keillor no end and he, although born in 1942, indeed speaks for lots of us misspent “baby boomers.” But every so often something like this comes along in our public rounds of name-calling that reveals the utter fatuity and pointlessness of an entire nitwit generation, and this is just the latest installment on top of “President” Bush — who after all is ours in just the same way Mr Garrison Keillor is “our” comedian.
[Emmett R Smith all rights reserved 22 May 2008]