On the trip down to Newquay, I was listening to some Bill Hicks. This is hardly an original observation, but a lot of the stuff he said over 10 years ago about the US government and the Iraq war is still frighteningly relevant today:
"You know we armed Iraq. I wondered about that too, you know during the Persian Gulf war those intelligence reports would come out: "Iraq: incredible weapons - incredible weapons." How do you know that? "Uh, well...we looked at the receipts."
"People say "Iraq had the fourth largest army in the world". Yeah, maybe, but you know what, after the first 3 largest armies, there's a REAL big f**king drop-off. The Hare Krishnas are the 5th largest army in the world, and they've already got all our airports."
"Frightening people man. Bush tried to buy votes towards the end of the election. Goes around, you know, selling weapons to everyone, getting that military industrial complex vote happening for him. Sold 160 fighter jets to Korea and then 240 tanks to Kuwait and then goes around making speeches why he should be Commander-in-Chief because, "We still live in a dangerous world." Thanks to you, you f**ker!"
[on Clinton's election] "That's another good thing about Bush being gone, man, cos for the last 12 years with Reagan and Bush, we have had fundamentalist Christians in the White House. Fundamentalist Christians who believe the Bible is the exact word of God, including that wacky fire and brimstone Revelations ending, have had their finger on the f**king button for 12 years. [Eyes roll back in head] "Tell me when Lord, tell me when. Let me be your servant Lord."
Make you feel any better about the prospect of another 4 years of the Bush dynasty?
But before you shed any tears about the Kerry presidency that never was....
"I'll show you politics in America. Here it is, right here. 'I think the puppet on the right shares my beliefs.' 'I think the puppet on the left is more to my liking.' 'Hey, wait a minute, there's one guy holding out both puppets!"
Bill Hicks. Legend and sadly missed. Died 10 years ago aged 33....