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Thursday · May 13 2004

"Cold Turkey" by Kurt Vonnegut
Kurt Vonnegut is 81 years old and able as ever. His cynicism is clear, biting, and makes me smile.

Even crazier than golf, though, is modern American politics, where, thanks to TV and for the convenience of TV, you can only be one of two kinds of human beings, either a liberal or a conservative.

Which one are you in this country? It’s practically a law of life that you have to be one or the other? If you aren’t one or the other, you might as well be a doughnut.

That chief and his cohorts have as little to do with Democracy as the Europeans had to do with Christianity. We the people have absolutely no say in whatever they choose to do next. In case you haven’t noticed, they’ve already cleaned out the treasury, passing it out to pals in the war and national security rackets, leaving your generation and the next one with a perfectly enormous debt that you’ll be asked to repay.

Nobody let out a peep when they did that to you, because they have disconnected every burglar alarm in the Constitution: The House, the Senate, the Supreme Court, the FBI, the free press (which, having been embedded, has forsaken the First Amendment) and We the People.

Better than coffee. Why is it called “Cold Turkey”? You'll have to read the whole thing to find out.

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May 13 2004

Wow! I just finished reading the whole article. Those are some of the most powerful, thought provoking words I have read in ages. Sort of makes the rest of what we read on the Internet sound like drivel. He is a genius. That was an excellent find, Jason. Thanks, I needed that. Seriously.

May 13 2004

I contemplated only posting this today. Sometimes less is more. Vonnegut is a brilliant man.

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