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October 19, 2002
The Bush Dyslexicon (Miller) (2)

The Bush Dyslexicon

So, my month-long bout with a tricky sinus infection having abated (have you ever had someone follow you around for two weeks, jamming a railroad spike into your ear? Then don't talk.), I found myself with the energy to dip into Mark Crispin Miller's The Bush Dyslexicon and so far I'm finding that I'm not disappointed.

In fact, I'm pleasantly and appreciatively surprised to find that the 75-page first chapter is an attempt to provide a biographical and historical framework through which to evaluate the succeeding 200 pages of malapropisms, grammatical irregularities, and downright scary glimpses into the President's psyche.

I'd have paid the full $24.95 retail price for the first chapter alone.

In fact, this first chapter is all I've had the chance to finish so far and judging by the number of Post-It™ flags decorating the pages (a post-it means, "go and research this"), I've already gotten more than my money's worth in terms of things to think about.

I've never been a fan of the anti-intellectual movement in this country and Miller spotlights our current President as a shining example of why we should all fear the advent of any more "Hey! I'm stupid just like you!" candidates for office. Oftentimes used as a political ploy, an artificial way of bonding with "the common folk," it's all-too real in the case of George W. Miller's position is that this is less as an indicator of his basic intelligence than as a reflection of his silver-spooned, drunken, frat boy approach to life.

I should add that I'm less convinced than Miller seems to be that the Bushleaguer is more intelligent than he appears. I'd hardly think an aptitude for dirty political tricks and the ability to hold a grudge long past the time it starts to smell proves the existence of an above-average intelligence level. Or even an average one, but Miller has convinced me, however reluctantly, that our current President does possess an average amount of intelligence, no matter how carefully Bush managed to avoid using it for the acquisition of grammar, vocabulary, history, or some basic familiarity with the structure and purpose of our system of government.

I, along with millions of others, have always been very skeptical of the so-called "liberal bias" of the press and Miller satisfactorily debunks that myth by pinpointing a mere handful of the career-killing shenanigans the Bushleaguer has engaged in, all of which are thoroughly documented from unimpeachable sources and none of which have received one-tenth the mass media coverage that Bill Clinton's blow job received.

Anyhow.

Buy the book. If you can't afford to buy it, borrow it. If you own it, lend it out.

And don't forget to vote.

Posted by AnneZook at 05:28 PM


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