Tuesday, November 22, 2005

an open letter to the president

dear sir,

the business of rhetoric can be nasty, and those who decry your administration's frequent use of the old attribute-name-calling-to-someone-else-usually-anonymous trick seem to forget that they are guilty of it themselves. of course, i rise above all that pettiness.

when these people talk about you to me, they say that you are a foolish liar. but i will not say any such thing.

i have heard that you are a sniveling, deceitful scoundrel. but i would never talk that way about you.

just today, someone on the internet wrote that you are an idiot. but it wasn't me.

i can think of a million things i wouldn't mention about you, including that you are selfish, moronic, hypocritical, evil, greedy, uncaring, despicable, reprehensible, and that you have made my life and that of millions of others less safe, more economically unstable, and less healthy.

i hope you can see now where i stand.

yours sincerely,


Anonymous christie said...

that's my man. take THAT!

8:40 PM  
Anonymous JAC said...

Happy Thanksgiving. One of the things we can be thankful for is the freedom of speech we have in this country. Your 11/22 discourse or rant is testimony to that freedom. Whether your words are meant seriously, sarcastically, artisticly, cynically, or in the mode of Jon Stewart --- your freedom to speak them is guaranteed. Is this a great country or what?
However, your 11/22 entry typifies for me one of the more bizzare uses of this freedom and it feeds my general displeasure with how some use blogs. [Don't label me as being totally anti-blog, old fashioned, and/or out of touch, please.] But, I always thought that when one wanted to send a letter to someone else, they sent that letter to the person in question. Your comments will never be seen by the President so I guess the bottom line question is: Is a letter a letter when it is not sent in a form where the recipient can recieve it? Kind of like: When a tree falls in a forest & no one is around, does anyone hear it.
Happy Thanksgiving to you & C.

10:56 AM  
Anonymous christie said...

well, john, it'll be seen by the secret service. it's a start. :)

11:08 AM  
Blogger nate said...

this is meant to be sarcastic. if you read it carefully, i express no opinion at all, so it's not a rant or even really a discourse about anything. the "open letter" format is well-established, both as a form of humor (see mcsweeneys.net open letters for plenty of examples) and in serious advocacy. as far as i know, open letters are not necessarily intended to be read or responded to by the person addressed. am i wrong?

what do you mean that it "feeds my general displeasure with how some use blogs"? do you mean that you are displeased by this piece? because it is sarcastic? feel free to explain yourself.

11:42 AM  

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