Discovering Tyrants

July 5, 2008


In the days of antennae
atop wooden consoles –
we pulled in whatever
was out there.

Much of it,
old war footage:
tanks in mud
men on stretchers
cannon flashing
Zeros falling

and Der Fuhrer
pounding his fist
in truculent German
to adoring masses.

I would wonder:
what is he saying?
why is he so pissed?
why would people like him?

(Just as a non anglophone might think
when first seeing and hearing a Limbaugh)

17 Responses to “Discovering Tyrants”

  1. qazse Says:

    a repost from June 07

  2. dummidumbwit Says:

    Basically he said we are being cheated and he identified the perceived cheats, and threatened them and he proposed to unite all the Dizzy blondes and take over the world on the principle that the average German peasant had the ultimate genetic makeup of all peoples.

  3. qazse Says:

    He certainly was manipulative.

  4. dummidumbwit Says:

    A stark raving nut case, I’ve read more about him than probably anyone else, the greatest monster perhaps in history yet surprisingly human, that is scary to me.

  5. qazse Says:

    I believe we all have the innate capacity for anything.

    PS – new avatar! Who is the character portrayed? It looks like a snidely whiplash type.

  6. dummidumbwit Says:

    FreeWheeling Franklin of the 60’s cult underground comix classic “The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers”, The joke is that I’m a follower of Franklin Delano Roosevelt who was why “Freewheeling Franklin” probably got his name.

  7. qazse Says:

    Thanks for the background. I will have to check out The FFF Brothers. You seem to be a history buff.

  8. dummidumbwit Says:

    BA, History, Gustavus Adolphus College 1979, when I’m not spouting nonsense.

  9. qazse Says:

    I was not a History major but did take 12 credits. I kept several of the assigned books I enjoyed them so much. One is The Splendid Century about Louis XIV of France.

  10. dummidumbwit Says:

    I read that, believe it or not. I’ve been to Versailles. I have a book recommendation coming out on Robert Massie “Peter the Great” set on an auto post soon. You might like that.

  11. qazse Says:

    I believe it. I will check your post. I like book recommendations although I tend to read non-fiction forty books at a time.

    Do you think George W. Bush demonstrated any understanding of history?

  12. dummidumbwit Says:

    Crusade against Terror? Don’t use that word talking to Islam, no he was not real well versed, his father was but not Dubya. Too much Bible belt stuff, not enough real learning? Probably a rebellion against his over achieving father, he wanted to be more regular guy and was, not dumb by any means, Bur Obama, Gore, Hillary and Bubba are very high wattage next to him.

  13. qazse Says:

    Amen. I believe W brings shame upon a Yale education.

  14. dummidumbwit Says:

    A full circle, I just thought of this. Peter the Great was a Tyrant, but he tried to do the job the best he possibly could. The Czar was absolute master of Russia, interesting. As was Louis IVX, the court produced Voltaire and magnificence, oddly Peter the Great was struck by how poor the French peasants looked to him, and 100 years later, they rose up.

  15. qazse Says:

    and the circles continue to turn…

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