The Democracy of the Marine Corps

Here is a lesson in creative writing.

First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college.

And I realize some of you may be having trouble deciding whether I am kidding or not. So from now on I will tell you when I’m kidding.

For instance, join the National Guard or the Marines and teach democracy. I’m kidding.

We are about to be attacked by Al Qaeda. Wave flags if you have them. That always seems to scare them away. I’m kidding.

 –Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country*

* Kurt V’s book was written in 2007. Look at how naively surperior his other quotes are. Comparing us to Nazis? I suppose that was acceptable in those dark days.

4 thoughts on “The Democracy of the Marine Corps

  1. He sure didn’t like Bush. And much of what he says is right on…if you are a left wing liberal. I lift my middle finger to him.

  2. To be sure GWB had his flaws as I am frequently reminded…but he was infinitely superior to both Mr. Vonnegut and the current person in the WH however euphemistically he is referred to…so CP, completely true and I don’t disagree with your own characterization…I am capable of lifting that same middle finger without a doubt in the world…k

  3. You know he led a pretty interesting life including being a POW in WWII. I liked his some of his writing – he made some good points. But his outspoken hatred of the Bush administration made him look a bit deranged. Maybe he was. Kind of sad.

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