Justice Or Vengeance?

by lizard

I’m going to try and pull back a bit from my political commentary. There is too much noise that serves no purpose, and I am a part of it. Not to mention it’s sucking too much of my personal energy from more important things.

I’ll still post poetry related material, and chime in on some local issues I know will be developing this summer, but I need to take a step back from the national circus.

As a parting shot, though, I did write the following letter to our president, signed with the pseudonym I use for my own writing.


Dear Mr. President,

I watched you on 60 Minutes the other night, and I must say, you have certainly taken the keepin’ it cool approach to the successful mission that put two bullets in the head of America’s #1 Enemy. Contrast your commanding performances to the bumbling idiocy of Bush talking about how he don’t really think thar too much ’bout Binny Laden just months after 9-11 and it’s clear you have now become, to partially quote Bill Maher, a steely-balled black ninja gangster president at the top of your political game.

But something you said during that interview with Steve Kroft got me thinking:

…the one thing I didn’t lose sleep over was the possibility of taking bin Laden out. Justice was done. And I think that anyone who would question that the perpetrator of mass murder on American soil didn’t deserve what he got needs to have their head examined.

I took your advice, Mr. President, and examined the inner processes of my head, and what I found is a word that I think more accurately describes this violent act which you call justice, and the word is vengeance.

But you didn’t actually mean that people like me, who disagree with your notion of justice, should express our opinions. Instead, Mr. President, you are suggesting that anyone who deviates from your definition of justice is crazy.

Speaking of crazy, I hear you missed blowing up that radical cleric born in New Mexico, now living in Yemen. Just imagine, Mr. President, if Gaddafi, Osama, and that other guy (born in America, but no biggie) were all taken out in the span of a week. The high from that trifecta of death would have been amazing.

I’m pretty sure you’re already assured victory now, so the prospect of losing the vote of a crazy person shouldn’t concern you too much. The way the whole conversation is geared, there is plenty of societal reenforcement that team six did a noble deed and justice was served. Don’t worry about facts and how your administration can’t get them straight. Presidents don’t have to worry about pesky hindrances like fact, truth, or due process anymore. That is like so pre-9/11.

Instead, embrace the massive deposit in your political piggy bank and do good. Domestically you could push the Consumer Financial Protection Agency (I know, no Elizabeth Warren before the election is over because she scares the un-indicted criminals on Wall Street). Abroad, leverage ground troops out. I mean it’s obvious you like deadly toys in the sky and surgical strikes more than a bulky ground presence, so now you’ve got the cover to do it. I will still think you are an asshole imperialist enabling the war complex, but I’m a small minority that’s easily depicted as hating America and spitting on troops.

After your reelection we can all hope once again (like after Clinton’s reelection) that you will push the skewed-right center back to the left.

Who knows, maybe you’ll even take those newly minted steel-plated testicles and swing them against Israel, who, let’s be honest, have dealt your administration more than a few backhands (timing settlement expansion with the Biden visit one small example), not to mention holding you back from what I am sure is your true love of the Democratic yearnings from the youth fueling the Arab Spring in client states like Egypt.

Mr. President, it’s like this: you hold the fucking sword of Excalibur. So please, swing it wisely. More than just the citizens of our Dear America are depending on you NOT being another arrogant American Imperialist pushing for full spectrum dominance.


William Skink


  1. cosmicgarden

    It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

    Jiddu Krishnamurti

  2. Good Bye Lizard, i hardly knew ya… but always appreciated your perspective…
    i’d never watch a lying Neo-liberal on TV or across the street, who’s only concern is the Profit margins for Goldman-Sachs and the gutter snipes of Wall Street. His sense of Justice is no different than his predecessor – the Bush Crime Family… ‘keep looking forward’ …
    ObamanationINC is a detriment to our US Constitution; he should be tried as an accessory to the fact of Torture and more. Needless to say i’d never Vote for this Neo-Lib.
    The Justice you speak of Liz’ is the same justice that landed the Japanese in Concentration Camps – one heinous act deserves another eh OBL? – the only thing that could save ObamanationINC is to go after the next War Criminal on the list – GW Bush and Dick Cheney and the Crime Family from Yoo to Rove; but he won’t…he’ll just send more cruise missiles wherever.
    With the exception of Elizabeth Warren, i detest his administration of Neo-libs come fascists/Zionists… Never Again BO. Never again!

    Have a great sabbatical,
    if you’re ever in Billings, i’ll buy you a beer,

  3. Chuck

    The poetry is good.
    Speaking of gone does anybody know what happened to Keila at the Missoulian?

  4. Pogue Mahone

    I for one always enjoy your comments. Why? Because it’s reassuring to know that not everyone has submitted to the collective insanity permeating the country. And I think that a lot of people feel the same as you, but since there is no media any longer, they just never get heard except on the blogs.

  5. Ingemar Johansson

    до свидания.

  6. Great read, liz. Next, Statehood for Mexico.

  7. Pete Talbot

    I hope it’s a just a short break, liz. I like your political stuff.

  8. A few comments Lizard –

    (1) When election time comes, this temporary bump for the President will be long-forgotten – check out the history on other leaders – Winston Churchill was tossed out promptly, and President Bushes approval ratings fell 60% after the shine wore off. If food prices are still rising, and gas is still $3.50 or more a gallon, and unemployment is still 9%, and housing prices continue the downward spiral, it’ll be any candidate BUT Obama elected.

    (2) Justice & Vengeance are occasionally the same thing, like in the case of Bin Laden.

    I’d be curious to see if you actually get a response, or if your letter goes into round file 13.

    • JC

      “If food prices are still rising, and gas is still $3.50 or more a gallon, and unemployment is still 9%, and housing prices continue the downward spiral”

      And the right is doing everything it can to assure that these ifs remain true to gain political advantage over the dems and Obama.

      If the tables were turned, the right would be crying treason on the left and parading around a bunch of “you’re either with us or you’re anti-American” BS.

  9. Thanks for this and all your writing. I enjoy your posts. I too am trying to take a break from the awfulness of the cowboy me world we are living in.
    A quote from Rumi is appropriate in this time of my way or the highwayism:
    “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
    and rightdoing there is a field.
    I’ll meet you there.

    When the soul lies down in that grass
    the world is too full to talk about.”

  10. I’ve been at this for going on four years, and never tire of it. I’ve been schooled and villified but I’ve never tired of this pastime.

    Eric – if Obama is not reelected in 2012′ who will be left to carry Ot Bush’s foreign policy (who carried out Clinton’s) (who carried out HW’s) etc etc etc?

  11. lizard19

    thank you.

  12. Love that song…I hope to talk to you again, liz.

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