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Saturday, March 25, 2006

In Case, Like Me, You Hadn't Seen This

I was over at the Accordion Guy's site and he mentioned a piece at The Onion, entitled, "Our Long National Nightmare of Peace and Prosperity is Finally Over".

And if, like me, you hadn't seen it before, you really should.

Written in January 17, 2001, it is a prediction of how Bush will undo all the 'damage' caused by Clinton (8 years of peace and prosperity).

The article is hilarious in the accuracy of some of its predictions: for example,

"Bush also promised to bring an end to the severe war drought that plagued the nation under Clinton, assuring citizens that the U.S. will engage in at least one Gulf War-level armed conflict in the next four years."

But in the end it is more depressing than anything. Consider that The Onion set out to write a satirical article mocking the kind of speech Bush might give if he was intending to do everything in his power to screw up the country. And to the extent that they got anything wrong, it was because they didn't go far enough with their predictions.

Imagine if they had written that Bush would make torture of detainees official government policy, or if they had predicted that Bush would break the law and, when caught, state that the position of the administration is that the President is above the law. People might have stopped laughing, saying that in order for their satire to be funny, it had to at least be plausible.

Anyway, give it a read, it should either make you laugh or cry.


  • Either the guy who wrote that is psychic, or Bush was all too predictable. My money's on the latter.

    By Blogger Looney Canuck, at 8:47 AM  

  • I hope you're right about it being the latter - otherwise I feel sorry for the poor psychic - imagine knowing what was coming and being powerless to stop it - not a happy thought.

    By Blogger Declan, at 11:19 PM  

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