Bourgeois Deviant

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Depravity vs. Duplicity

I have been mulling over the stages of American life as seen through the lens of the last two presidencies and it boils down to, in a grossly obtuse and negative way, depravity (the Clinton scandal) and duplicity (the general monkey on Bush’s back). From my perspective, it is easy to say which is worse. However, to be pragmatic is something that more Americans should practice, so lets.

Depravity is defined on Dictionary.com as: n 1: moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles; "the luxury and corruption among the upper classes"; "moral degeneracy followed intellectual degeneration"; "its brothels; its opium parlors; its depravity" [syn: corruption, degeneracy] 2: a corrupt or depraved or degenerate act or practice; "the various turpitudes of modern society" [syn: turpitude]

Duplicity is defined from the same source as: n 1: a fraudulent or duplicitous representation [syn: fraudulence] 2: acting in bad faith; deception by pretending to entertain one set of intentions while acting under the influence of another [syn: double-dealing]

Examined separately, both are pretty negative. When enacted, initiated or implemented, they are fairly harmful and/or malignant in their own unique ways, but which is worse? What does more harm to America? True that lying is lying, but the enormity of the repercussions or the subtlety of the play of words construed as lying is clearly a matter of perspective.

Getting head from a chubby precocious woman with expensive clothes and hair and then lying about it is certainly a tarnishing of the Presidency of the United States (kind of like riding a moped; fun, but you don’t want to be seen on it). Getting the country tied up in a “War” that didn’t need to happen, but did, just because the chief executive and his cronies thought it was a good idea or wanted to get it done or ‘cause God told him to is not so much a tarnish as it is an affront and a tragedy on multiple levels of perspective.

The bar for leadership in the office of the President of the United States has been lowered by two kinds of metaphorical fucking. This is an open question to this blog’s readers. Like, all 5 of them. Which offends you more and why? And, just for the fun of it and just to carry the metaphoric-ness; Who do you want/think/suspect will fuck the office of the President next?

P.S. I forgot to note that I have crossed the 1000 unique visitor mark. Thank you!

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