Friday, January 21, 2005

 

GIVE ME LIBERTY

Led by Inauguaral Chair Trent Lott, a man whose political demise was engineered by the first Bush Administration, and following stirring renditions of songs written by our most talented conservatives (John Ashcroft and Orrin Hatch), George W. Bush was sworn into office for a second term, liberally tossing out the words freedom and liberty some fifty times in his 1800 word speech:

"At this second gathering, our duties are defined not by the words I use but by the history we
have seen together. For a half a century, America defended our own freedom by standing watch on distant borders. After the shipwreck of communism came years of relative quiet, years of repose, years of sabbatical. And then there came a day of fire. "

So, the President and his advisors were clearing some brush during the first term and missed the pre-9-11 warnings, and I guess the Clinton Administration was merely reposing as it sent envoys to the actual distant borders of the Middle East to negotiate peace.

"We are led, by events and common sense, to one conclusion: The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world. "

So, examples of liberty in our land would include the rooftop snipers, the chain link fences, the banning of apples and fruit from the parade route.... See http://www.dc.indymedia.org

"This is not primarily the task of arms, though we will defend ourselves and our friends by force of arms when necessary. Freedom, by its nature, must be chosen, and defended by citizens, and sustained by the rule of law and the protection of minorities. And when the soul of a nation finally speaks, the institutions that arise may reflect customs and traditions very different from our own. "

I guess the freedom chosen by our allies in the war on terrorism (and defended by our soldiers) in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Tibet, Chechneya,Egypt, and Morrocco just reflects different customs from ours.

"America will not impose our own style of government on the unwilling. Our goal, instead, is to help others find their own voice, attain their own freedom and make their own way. "

And this would be reflected in the 30,000 or so Iraqis who live here but who will go to the Ramada Inn in New Carrrollton, Md to vote for a government in a country in which they no longer live. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A16474-2005Jan17.html . This would also be reflected in the tolerance the Administration is showing toward the 58 million people who did not vote for this Administration.

I won't belabor this, everyone can draw their own conclusions. I can't wait for the State of the Union...




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