Fabulous George

On McLehrer today Zbigniew Brzezinksy (sp?) reported from the late water’s-edge consensus (cold war, new world order, remember?) to remind us all that our government has undermined the crediblity of the words “weapons of mass destruction” and that we should be careful not to debase “sovereignty” as well starting on June 30.
He then referred to the administration’s form of language as “Aesopian,” saying that it appeals to his core but does not communicate well to the world community.
How interesting, I thought. Zbig is talking about fables, tall tales from this Bizarro world (the one I woke up in on electiion day 2000, the one with a script written by Philip K. Dick in which the star of Philip K. Dick movies becomes the governor of California by using the arts of showbusiness fame to move polls) that the president and his true believers inhabit.
Fables, I thought. He is pointing out that the language is fabulous.
Hey, wait…. Isn’t fabulous one of George Bush’s favorite words? Let’s ask Google.






2 responses to “Fabulous George”

  1. cecil vortex Avatar

    Excellent post. Philip K. Dick will be right about everything eventually.
    Also: When I flipped to the page, I read his name initially as “2-bigniew Brzezinksy.” As in:
    “Who killed 2-bigniew?”
    “2-bigniew lives!”
    And I thought “How cool. A Polish count/diplomat/rapper. I’d buy his record.”
    Is it too late for me to change my name from “Cecil Vortex” to “2-bigniew Brzezinksy”? Or at least “2-bigniew Vortex”?

  2. boris khadinov Avatar
    boris khadinov

    It is interesting that z-Big used the word “Aesopian.” “Aesopian language” is an important term in Russian literary study. It refers to the fact that, in order to get past the censors – Soviet or Tsarist – political criticism had to be masked. This is in part the basis for Russian Literature’s unique and rich absurdist tradition that includes the likes of Gogol and Bulgakov…though in Gogol’s case the man was just a freak under any circumstances.
    So its funny that we find the administration constantly censoring themselves, repressing the truth, in favor of platitudes and fantasy visions of a shiny, happy world to come.