domingo, 13 de noviembre de 2011
The common good comes before the private good
Un señor llamado Frank Miller ha dejado el siguiente mensaje en su blog personal:
Everybody’s been too damn polite about this nonsense:
The “Occupy” movement, whether displaying itself on Wall Street or in the streets of Oakland (which has, with unspeakable cowardice, embraced it) is anything but an exercise of our blessed First Amendment. “Occupy” is nothing but a pack of louts, thieves, and rapists, an unruly mob, fed by Woodstock-era nostalgia and putrid false righteousness. These clowns can do nothing but harm America.
“Occupy” is nothing short of a clumsy, poorly-expressed attempt at anarchy, to the extent that the “movement” – HAH! Some “movement”, except if the word “bowel” is attached – is anything more than an ugly fashion statement by a bunch of iPhone, iPad wielding spoiled brats who should stop getting in the way of working people and find jobs for themselves.
This is no popular uprising. This is garbage. And goodness knows they’re spewing their garbage – both politically and physically – every which way they can find.
Wake up, pond scum. America is at war against a ruthless enemy.
Maybe, between bouts of self-pity and all the other tasty tidbits of narcissism you’ve been served up in your sheltered, comfy little worlds, you’ve heard terms like al-Qaeda and Islamicism.
And this enemy of mine — not of yours, apparently – must be getting a dark chuckle, if not an outright horselaugh – out of your vain, childish, self-destructive spectacle.
In the name of decency, go home to your parents, you losers. Go back to your mommas’ basements and play with your Lords Of Warcraft.
Or better yet, enlist for the real thing. Maybe our military could whip some of you into shape.
They might not let you babies keep your iPhones, though. Try to soldier on.
Para aquellos que no sepan hablar americanés, el resumen viene a ser algo así: los indignados manifestantes de Nueva York deberían ser aniquilados por el ejército. Son escoria, ladrones, violadores, asesinos y, en general, unos putos payasos.
Entre estos párrafos cargados de poesía el célebre dibujante (si es que puede llamarse "dibujo" a esas cosas que hace) comenta que toda esta pandilla de perdedores debería volver a sus sótanos a jugar al Warcraft. Ya de paso, recuerda que hay que exterminar al Islam. Y que está gente no está ayudando, hombre ya.
Siguiendo la lógica del Tea Party, nuestro amigo Frank compara a los integrantes del movimiento "ocupa Wall Street" con ridículos perroflautas fumadores de opio y, al mismo tiempo con miembros del partido Nacional Socialista. Curiosa mezcla. Algo que nunca he llegado a entender del todo es como un tipo que simpatiza con tantas y tantas de las ideas del Führer utilice tan a menudo argumentos de reductio ad Hitlerum.
Y, atención, por que esto viene del genio que nos ha dejado para el recuerdo obras tales como "Dark Knight strikes again", "All star Batman & Robin", "Holy Terror", el guión de "Robocop 2", "Robocop 3" y la espléndida adaptación cinematográfica de "The Spirit". Lo que se dice una carrera sin fisuras.
Llegados a este punto, sería bueno recordar las declaraciones que hizo el individuo en cuestión a la National Public Radio con motivo del estreno de su fantasía de ultraderecha "300":
NPR: Frank, what’s the state of the union?
FM: Well, I don’t really find myself worrying about the state of the union as I do the state of the home-front. It seems to me quite obvious that our country and the entire Western World is up against an existential foe that knows exactly what it wants … and we’re behaving like a collapsing empire. Mighty cultures are almost never conquered, they crumble from within. And frankly, I think that a lot of Americans are acting like spoiled brats because of everything that isn’t working out perfectly every time.
NPR: Um, and when you say we don’t know what we want, what’s the cause of that do you think?
FM: Well, I think part of that is how we’re educated. We’re constantly told all cultures are equal, and every belief system is as good as the next. And generally that America was to be known for its flaws rather than its virtues. When you think about what Americans accomplished, building these amazing cities, and all the good its done in the world, it’s kind of disheartening to hear so much hatred of America, not just from abroad, but internally.
NPR: A lot of people would say what America has done abroad has led to the doubts and even the hatred of its own citizens.
FM: Well, okay, then let’s finally talk about the enemy. For some reason, nobody seems to be talking about who we’re up against, and the sixth century barbarism that they actually represent. These people saw people’s heads off. They enslave women, they genitally mutilate their daughters, they do not behave by any cultural norms that are sensible to us. I’m speaking into a microphone that never could have been a product of their culture, and I’m living in a city where three thousand of my neighbors were killed by thieves of airplanes they never could have built.
NPR: As you look at people around you, though, why do you think they’re so, as you would put it, self-absorbed, even whiny?
FM: Well, I’d say it’s for the same reason the Athenians and Romans were. We’ve got it a little good right now. Where I would fault President Bush the most, was that in the wake of 9/11, he motivated our military, but he didn’t call the nation into a state of war. He didn’t explain that this would take a communal effort against a common foe. So we’ve been kind of fighting a war on the side, and sitting off like a bunch of Romans complaining about it. Also, I think that George Bush has an uncanny knack of being someone people hate. I thought Clinton inspired more hatred than any President I had ever seen, but I’ve never seen anything like Bush-hatred. It’s completely mad.
NPR: And as you talk to people in the streets, the people you meet at work, socially, how do you explain this to them?
FM: Mainly in historical terms, mainly saying that the country that fought Okinawa and Iwo Jima is now spilling precious blood, but so little by comparison, it’s almost ridiculous. And the stakes are as high as they were then. Mostly I hear people say, ‘Why did we attack Iraq?’ for instance. Well, we’re taking on an idea. Nobody questions why after Pearl Harbor we attacked Nazi Germany. It was because we were taking on a form of global fascism, we’re doing the same thing now.
NPR: Well, they did declare war on us, but…
FM: Well, so did Iraq.
Como alguien dijo en el lejano pueblecito de Dunwich: tú deja que el tarado se desahogue, que mientras esté entretenido, no nos va a matar a todos.