Today, America celebrates her independence from the British. Many journalists, liberal and conservative, have offered their opinions about the history of this event, and what it means 230 years later, at newspapers, websites, and blogs across the fruited plain.
At the extraordinarily liberal Huffington Post, people like Congressman Jack Murtha and Senator John Kerry took the opportunity to discuss what they believe patriotism is.
So did actor Alec Baldwin. However, in his case, he chose to share a dream of his wherein he kills Osama bin Laden, and, depending on how far bin Laden falls, Vice President Dick Cheney.
As a courtesy to those who would prefer not to be offended by such drivel on this day, his dream will be posted in the “Read More” section. However, before we get there, on this Independence Day, Baldwin also wanted his readers to know that “Bush/Cheney stole both the 2000 and the 2004 elections with the help of the Supreme Court in one and Diebold in the other.”
Nice thoughts on Independence Day, no? Now, to Alec’s patriotic fantasy on this Fourth of July:
I am in a large apartment complex. I turn a corner, and there are a couple of Muslim men wearing headsets, whispering tersely into the microphone. Suddenly, one man erupts and says, “Where is the car? Where is the car? You fool!” They sprint off down the hall. At that instant, Osama Bin Laden comes out of a door. He is oblivious. I make my move. Bin Laden reacts, but too late. We tumble into his upper floor suite. I have him in my grasp and, conveniently, I spy a box cutter on the table. (Hey...it's a fantasy.) Osama struggles, swearing at me in his native tongue, until I jam the box cutter into his neck. I do it again. Fading, Bin Laden says (this time in English for my benefit) “Good luck with '30 Rock'. I am a big Tina Fey fan.”
I gather up the body of the world's most notorious terrorist and hurl it over the balcony. Then, in the final stroke of luck, Bin Laden lands on Dick Cheney.
He concluded: “God bless America.”
In the past nine months, Al Franken suggested that Karl Rove be executed for treason, Ben Affleck said President Bush could be hanged for leaking Valerie Plame’s name, and now Alec Baldwin is publicly discussing a fantasy in which he throws a dying Osama bin Laden from an apartment balcony to land on Vice President Dick Cheney.
And these people complain about the caustic political tone in the nation.
P.S. To all of the not-so-right-wing members here, I challenge you to cite an instance in the '90s when a conservative actor or comedian advocated killing President Clinton, Vice President Gore, or any high-ranking member of their administration.