Apparently, left-wing hack novelist Stephen King also got into the whining protest of the Bush inauguration called “Not One Damn Dime Day:”
A Special Message from Stephen
In addition to being Inauguration Day, January 20th is Not One Damn Dime Day. This is a chance for those who oppose what is happening in our name in Iraq to speak up with a 24-hour national boycott in all forms of consumer spending. Even if you are one of those who approve of our actions in Iraq, where the American death toll continues to rise to the number of Americans lost in the World Trade Center disaster, Not One Damn Dime Day is your chance to protest the bloated cost of President Bush?s Inauguration ceremonies, which are now estimated in the $40 million range. I think even fiscal conservatives and die-hard Republicans would agree, this is a shameful amount of money to spend on a party when children are dying in Indonesia. I don?t intend to spend a damn cent on January 20th, let alone a damn dime. I urge you to do the same and I urge you to pass this message along to everyone on your email list.
I myself ordered that day a book by Jonathan Carroll, a DVD, and went to a party where I had several appetizers and two Tanquery and tonics. Like I said before, it’s ludicrous. King has proven himself in the past to be a liberal dimwit, but I had no idea that his idiocy went this deep.
I know, I know: nobody should hold any parties of any kind or even entertain the thought of having fun until every single Indonesian is fed and re-housed by the stingy Americans. That’s what’s being said here. Bad enough that Bush got reelected, but he has the GALL and AUDACITY to have an inauguration party costing MILLIONS of DOLLARS while people die and suffer elsewhere. It’s shameful, I tell you. Shameful!
Sarcasm aside, I find it incredibly sickening when someone with Stephen King’s money and self-righteousness tells me what to do with the money I’ve earned. Tell you what, Steve: tell us how much YOU gave to tsunami relief. Tell me how YOU spent your New Year’s Eve. Because if you didn’t clothe yourself in the sackcloth and ashes you claim even fiscal Republicans should be doing, then not only are you a moral cretin, but a hypocrite, as well. Didja go to any parties, Steve? What are you doing driving a car that costs more than I make in a year while people are murdered in places like Rwanda and Darfur every single day?
And in the end, what did you accomplish with this childish little tantrum? A few waiters in Ann Arbor didn’t get as many tips as they might’ve. A local newsstand in Berkeley didn’t sell as many copies of Mother Jones and Playboy. Big fucking deal. Only an individual with the self-regard of a potted geranium would consider “Not One Damn Dime Day” a legitimate form of protest.
I understand King’s got some other television show coming up called “Riding the Bullet.” As I have declared the other 364 days of the year “Not One Damn Idiot Day,” I shall be boycotting this show and asking all others to do the same. Remember the starving children in Africa.