Bill C. Davis

Bill C. Davis

Bill C. Davis is a playwright.  Archive of his Common Dreams' articles here. His personal website here.

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Thursday, July 26, 2007
Appetite for Humiliation
What seems to be part of the digestive process of the American psyche is both the witnessing of and the participation in the spectacle of humiliation. The programming of networks and certain marching orders in foreign engagements have in common the verb - humiliate. Large audiences watch the pained...
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Tuesday, January 23, 2007
In Harm’s Way
It sounds cozy – almost storybook. “In harm’s way.” This phrase presents what is happening to and with American troops as a static reality. Harm was there waiting for the troops to arrive and they got in the way of this thing that was coiled ready to meet the unsuspecting soldiers. The implication...
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Thursday, January 11, 2007
The Strategy of Atonement
It’s hard to hear speaker Pelosi claim that “we will not abandon the troops” because the abandonment happened a few years ago. Congress abandoned the troops - and the Constitution - when they handed absolute authority to an obviously compromised sensibility. By any standard this was not the...
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Friday, December 22, 2006
Trumped
Pop culture moments often reveal the current subterranean ooze. Rosie O’Donnell calls it as she sees it. It’s the nature and necessity of a comedienne. The truth is funny. An instinct for the truth is talent and trouble. She saw the carnival episode of Miss USA being absolved by the owner of the...
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Tuesday, December 16, 2003
Saddamania
Like a figure you love to hate in Wrestlemania operas, Saddam is a pumped-up hyped reality whose intense wattage is useful to the extent that it gives a patina of heroism to the very people who have given him his star status on the international stage. His resume is downloaded daily – hourly – so...
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Thursday, November 13, 2003
“…Like They Were Crazy.”
The other day in Fallujah American soldiers opened fire on a truck carrying chickens believing it was a truck filled with metal pipes that had eluded a checkpoint. Four Iraqi men and a ten-year old boy were killed. Ziad Abud Abadi, manager of a gift shop, witnessed the mistake. He said, “The...
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Wednesday, February 19, 2003
The "Irrelevant" in the Middle of the Living Room
What the Bush administration considers irrelevant is any organization or country that doesn’t have a meaningful military. Their military - and it is the Bush administration’s military, not ours – has the power to back up ultimatums. Their logic seems to be, if you don’t have a meaningful military...
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Sunday, February 16, 2003
An Intervention
In a den at Camp David, George, with a non-alcoholic beer in hand, gets an apparition. It's a pretty brown-eyed woman with tight curly hair and a large smile - she's not the blue-eyed, blonde figure the stained glass windows in churches and Fox news have mythologized. It's fuzzy, this apparition,...
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Saturday, December 21, 2002
Arrogant Dementia
Strange things can happen to the brain. In nursing homes where there are seniors suffering from dementia, black nurses often get hit verbally and physically. There are white elderly men and women who can no longer keep their racism under wraps. It’s there – ingrained and inculcated by years of...
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Friday, December 06, 2002
The Evolution Is Ours
Fresh out of college I worked at a facility for developmentally disabled adults. There was one endearing woman, Adele, who was sixty and brain damaged. Adele had some things together and many others not - her gait, her speech, her ability to comprehend why she was at this facility instead of with...
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