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21st-Jan-2005 12:32 am
I listened in to the inaugural today. Wow, I guess freedom is the new buzzword. It's much cooler to kill Iraqis to bring them the blessings of liberty than to protect us from non-existent WMDs. And it seems to be easier to export than cars or steel or beef.

Thing thing that really bugged me though was all the over references to George Bush's God. While I am not going to rag on anyone for their private religious beliefs, I get worried when a political leader leans so heavily on the almighty for justifying his agenda. Between kicking things off with a prayer and wrapping them up with hymns, I was pretty put off. And lets not dwell on the horrifying rendition of John Ashcroft's "Let the Eagle Fly".

At least, as Jon Stewart put it, the W presidency is now half over.
21st-Jan-2005 10:27 am (UTC)
That made me ill.

I couldn't even listen to it. Hearing them in the crowd bark like trained seals. Inagural speeches are the thing of history.

Not rhetoric.


And again why Jon Stewart rules. He always gets it sooooo right.
21st-Jan-2005 04:02 pm (UTC)
George Bush: "From the day of our Founding, we have proclaimed that every man and woman on this earth has rights, and dignity, and matchless value, because they bear the image of the Maker of Heaven and earth. Across the generations we have proclaimed the imperative of self-government, because no one is fit to be a master, and no one deserves to be a slave."

Jon Stewart: "Except for that period where we actually had slaves."
21st-Jan-2005 01:05 pm (UTC)
The previous night W had said that freedom was a 'calling from beyond the stars'. I nearly vomited.

Don't forget such gems as "history also has a visible direction set by liberty and the author of liberty." Gosh I wonder who that can be. The implicit messianic tones were truly sick.

Tony Blair is a blessing after that (I never thought I'd say that).
21st-Jan-2005 03:50 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, when Bush uttered "author of liberty" I nearly lost it. But I think he really believes he is doing God's work. And the scare thing is, there is no reasoning with someone who thinks he's the instrument of the ultimate, infallible power.
21st-Jan-2005 11:22 pm (UTC) - Inter arma leges silent...what freedom?
OK, I'm going on a rant here. Freedom, schmeedom. King George W doesn't even have the right to use the WORD freedom. I'm a tenth descendant of Patrick Henry, the "give me liberty or give me death" guy, and lemme tell ya, I'd choose death over King George's regime any day.

Let's look at the Bill of Rights as re-written by the King of the Troglodytes, in crayon no doubt:

1) You have the right to be strip searched while going thru airport security
2) You have the right to be scared out of your wits by baseless lies about threats from foreign nations
3) You have the right to hear only the news approved by the Minister of Secrets
4)You have the right to put up with my ridiculous propaganda and like it
5) You have the right to be labelled as "unpatriotic" if you dissent
6) You have the right to be thrown into Gitmo without charges or access to legal representation if you have a last name beginning in "Al" or I don't like you
7) You have the right to freedom of religion, as long as it's a mainstream Christian religion that we approve of, and you don't wear a burqua
8) You have the right to consider your form of government and your culture infinitely superior to all other forms of government and cultures, and as such, you have a right to force your beliefs on others (aside: this view was shared by Hitler and Saddam)
10) You have the right to marry and pursue happiness, even if you are an adulterer marrying for the fifth time, as long as you aren't gay...
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