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Four legs good…

Posted by Thomas Nephew on May 4th, 2007

…two legs bad:

White House criticizes Pelosi’s planned Syria visit (CNN, 3/30/2007):

Four legs good…
…two legs BETTER:

U.S. and Syria discuss foreign fighters in Iraq (CNN, 5/3/2007)

In “Animal Farm,” there’s a defining moment when the farm’s pig overlords finally begin walking on their hind legs, in brazen defiance of the old “four legs good, two legs bad” slogan — with the top pig even holding a whip:

There was a deadly silence. Amazed, terrified, huddling together, the animals watched the long line of pigs march slowly round the yard. It was as though the world had turned upside-down. Then there came a moment when the first shock had worn off and when, in spite of everything-in spite of their terror of the dogs, and of the habit, developed through long years, of never complaining, never criticising, no matter what happened–they might have uttered some word of protest. But just at that moment, as though at a signal, all the sheep burst out into a tremendous bleating of–

“Four legs good, two legs BETTER! Four legs good, two legs BETTER! Four legs good, two legs BETTER!”

It went on for five minutes without stopping. And by the time the sheep had quieted down, the chance to utter any protest had passed, for the pigs had marched back into the farmhouse.

To be clear: in the present context, I welcome the Bush administration being willing to talk with Syria. It’s common sense. But so was Pelosi talking with Syria. What’s a little scary is the administrations’s ability to just turn on a dime and do exactly what they’d condemned a month ago — with a chorus of sheep called CNN, FOX, Drudge, etcetera accompanying them.

One Response to “Four legs good…”

  1. Donna Says:

    Sheep — they look so cute but they’re actually small minded, stupid, unthinking cretins! You’d never catch a cat being so…so…sheep-like!

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