I hear Abba: "Money, Money Money! It's a rich man's world" and to underscore those lyrcis, lines from Wordsworth are welling up:
The world is too much with us; late and soon,Hey! Remember the tsunami? And $50 million in relief? Remember a couple of hurricanes? And no relief? Yes, I know. Nobody like the sound of weariness. Yes I know I'm misplacing blame and responsibility.
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers:
So let's change the channel. The Big Event is still flexing its well maintained muscle, and the divide between God and Country is a razor thin line. But at this crazy, iconoclastic forum posters are swinging their digital pens in a frenzy, rapping and warning of King George, of catastrophe and coup. It's called Godlike Productions and it's one of the highest trafficked (is that a word?) sites online. Posts get almost 3000 views in two days' time. Bush gets belittled. Conspiracy theory is status quo. All institutional icons become targets. Nothing is accepted. Bashing is high art or low, depending on your perspective. Topics range from today's Pope Speech Sets Stage for The New World Religion to WHY WOULD BUSH CHANGE ORDER OF SUCCESSION YESTERDAY...to Bill Would Allow Arrests For No Reason In Public Place.
Yet there's something refreshing, a relief, hope even among all the blasphemy and belittling and overextended linking of fact and fancy. If nothing else, it signals minds at work. And this is a good thing in the benumbed Dubya world.