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Greetings from the Heart of Archie
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(Lights up on
Archie at his desk. He is eerily calm and serene.)
Hey, I'm Archie
Levine...and THIS is what I think....I think
you're probably wondering where my anger is.
Why aren't my veins popping
out of my head?
Why aren't I yelling and screaming?
God knows I've
got plenty I could be yelling and screaming about.
There are more retired
generals calling for Rumsfeld to resign than there are Americans who think Bush
is doing a great job.
(Rising anger through this
There's Tom DeLay's resignation, there's the Homeland
Security official caught in an online underage sex sting, and there's the
Scooter Libby revelation that Bush was the leaker he said he'd fire for leaking
the information that led to the outing of a covert CIA operative in a time of
There's Bush telling us that for our protection and to help America
understand why he was saying what he said in his speeches about the war, he
declassified the tiny part of the National Intelligence Estimate which addressed
his claims of WMD in Iraq, but didn't declassify the overwhelming majority of
the same classified document which contradicted that very
There's the fact that even Rush
Limbaugh is saying you can't execute Moussaui for
not telling us something because we have a
5th amendment right not to incriminate ourselves.
the insane perversion of logic in the argument that Moussaui deserves to be put
to death because his not telling everything he knew to the FBI was the cause of
the deaths of 3,000 innocent people on September 11th....even though Bush not
telling us everything he knew caused us to launch a
pre-emptive war which killed at least 33,000 innocent people!
Council on Family Relations who are bankrolling lawsuits by students around the
country who want to use the courts to force universities with
anti-discrimination codes of conduct to repeal those codes so that Christians
can have the freedom to express their religion by telling fags that God hates
them and will make them burn in Hell.
There is John McCain speaking at
the Liberty University where Jerry Falwell is putting everything he can into the
creation of a biblically based Law School so that there will be wave after wave
of Dominionist End Time Theologians with the legal credentials to sweep
secularists from the benches in our courts and liberals from the seats of power
in our government.
(At the peak of apoplexy)
revelations after revelations about the lies, greed, corruption, and
incompetence of our current government that are staggering in the extreme and so
dangerous I can't get to sleep at night without taking a bottle of vodka to bed
(Calming to serentity again)
So, why am I so
Because it is Holy Week. Because instead of thinking about what the
Theocratic Elite are telling me Jesus says to hate, and destroy, and
punish...instead of watching Pat Robertson and Falwell and the Council of
Conservative Christians try to figure out how to get God to start the End Times
ahead of schedule....I had a little look at what Jesus had to say about his
life, and his message...and his death...which we commemorate this day.
I were to meet Judge Roy Moore, who said his Christianity had moved him to
donate a graven stone image of the Ten Commandments to the foyer of the Alabama
Courthouse in which he was the sitting Chief Justice of the State Supreme
Court...I'd ask him why he didn't instead donate a stone memorial to the
commandment Jesus gave, just before he was taken by
Jesus told his disciples, "I have a new commandment for you...that you should love
Wouldn't that be
a world changing thing to have inscribed above every courthouse in the nation?
Or, for that matter, above the front doors of every school, church, and town
hall in the land? Emblazened on every drinking fountain, every fountain pen,
every bumpersticker, on every lapel pin, every coin, every dollar bill, and
every prison gate in America?
command you to love one another" --signed,
God gave Moses Ten Commandments.
Jesus gave us one.
And so, I'm trying to fulfill that
At least through Easter.
Bush, I love you. John Ashcroft, I love you.
Judge Roy Moore, I love you. Donald Rumsfeld,
I love you. Dick Cheney, I love you. Zacharias
Moussaui, I love you. Mohammad Atta, I love you.
Osama bin Laden, I love you. Saddam Hussein, I
And I love each of you, too.
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