In what I'm sure you'll recognize to be an increasingly common occurence, I recently found myself just awash in Mansonalia. It seemed like everywhere I turned, Charlie had this to say, and Charlie had that to say, and Charlie was wagging his tongue at so-and-so, and Charlie Charlie CHARLIE. Jesus.
In what I'm sure you'll recognize to be an increasingly tiresome occurence, I recently found myself just drowning in Dubyaspeak. It seemed like everywhere I turned, blah blah blah, and George was wagging his finger at so-and-so, and Bush Bush BUSH. Jesus.
Hey, wait a minute! (mp3 download, 4.2 KB)
Listening to that thing, sometimes I honestly can't tell who's talking! Were Charlie and Dubya separated at birth? Listening to each man speak provides strong anecdotal evidence. The purely circumstantial similarities of timbre, accent and inflection get a boost from their shared preacherly manner - both adopt a patronizing tone, and use the lexicon of sin and Armageddon.
Suddenly other similarities emerge: both were up to no damn good in The 1960s; both (claim to have) quit drugs before getting famous; both have acheived icon status; both have inspired t-shirt designs; both have massive messiah complexes; both have influenced artists and musicians to a degree unseen since some lonely guitar picker pricked his pinky on a rose thorn. Here's a wikipedia page detailing a smattering of the musicians who've performed songs about (or even by) Manson. Here's some of the art that George W. Bush has inspired. And here's the pro-Bush art.
There is of course one big difference between these blood brothers: while they both have a nice stableful of sheep, only the big boy inspired them to murder for him; little brother had to pay for it.
("Charles Manson Superstar", upper left, by the great Joe Coleman)
UPDATE, 7/13: Meet Witchbeam - he agrees.