(This column appeared in THE LONE STAR ICONOCLAST and at www.LoneStarIcon.com the week of October 2, 2006.)
The title is attributable to North American King George XLIII, aka George Walker Bush of Crawford, Texas by way of Kennebunkport, Maine.
His Excellency uttered this decree at a recent press conference in response to a letter from Colin Powell GEN, USA (Ret) to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz). The former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff excoriated his one-time boss with regard to the potentate's insistence upon redefining Common Article 3 of the Geneva Convention.
The letter was an expression of Powell's disapproval of Fearless Leader's inane scheme. McCain, after more than five years as a guest of the North VietNamese, has an intimately personal relationship with torture. I'm sure he'd rather not be the Senate's pre-eminent expert on the subject, but that which is cannot be undone.
Powell went on to "fully endorse in tone and tint (the) powerful argument" of another retired Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Jack Vessey: "The world is beginning to doubt the moral basis of our fight against terrorism. To redefine Common Article 3 would add to those doubts. Furthermore, it would put our own troops at risk."
So, there you... I... we have it. The man at the top has put it right out there for all of us to heed... "It is unacceptable to think..."
I suppose that's entirely true, because King George hasn't done any thinking for the past what, 60 years?
If the schmo in the Oval Office doesn't think, then it only serves to follow as unacceptable behavior for everyone else.
This is an Imperial Majesty wannabe, a mountebank who's only accomplishments in life include running numerous Daddy-funded oil-related companies into the ground, turning the once-great state of Texas into a junk heap, killing thousands of Americans (and exponentially more Middle Easterners) in falsified wars.
Colin Powell, conversely, is one of the most distinguished military leaders of our age, a lifelong defender of our Constitution, the very guy whom George hired as his Secretary of State then sent to sell the phony war plot to the UN -- a mensch who exemplifies accomplishment and service to his Country.
Thus, by virtue of Fuhrerprinzip Fearless Leader gets to tell Colin Powell, and so every other American, that it is unacceptable to think.
Whenever blind allegiance won't suffice, "computerized" voting machines that leave no paper trail combined with Jim Crow voting restrictions in key states make oppression somewhat simpler.
Despite the warnings of Powell, Vessey and myriad career military people, experts in the field of warfare and its consequences, King George continued his brave charge up Capitol Hill. Once again, he's gotten his rubber-stamp House of Representatives to pass a bill redefining civility in the modern age.