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January 20, 2005

Shrub Wants to Shove Freedom Down Your Throat

I just finished reading the text of Shrub's inaugural speech (written by Michael Gerson). Apparently, it's America's job to ram freedom down the throats of the rest of the world. Not just any freedom - freedom that capitalism and democracy create. (That ownership society crap is code for pure, unmitigated capitalism.)

And in a nod to protestors everywhere, he said:

When our Founders declared a new order of the ages; when soldiers died in wave upon wave for a union based on liberty; when citizens marched in peaceful outrage under the banner "Freedom Now" - they were acting on an ancient hope that is meant to be fulfilled. History has an ebb and flow of justice, but history also has a visible direction, set by liberty and the Author of Liberty.
What the hell is the "Freedom Now" movement?!?!

I do love that my fate has been cast by Shrub's G'd. Apparently, the proof of this is that Shrub believes in Him.

Also note that our duty to Shrub and his G'd is to use our military to destroy "outlaw regimes." But nevermind that, because intelligence work is harder and more important than dying in Iraq or Afghanistan. Note the order in which he speaks of sacrifice in this graph:

A few Americans have accepted the hardest duties in this cause - in the quiet work of intelligence and diplomacy ... the idealistic work of helping raise up free governments ... the dangerous and necessary work of fighting our enemies. Some have shown their devotion to our country in deaths that honored their whole lives - and we will always honor their names and their sacrifice.
Maybe you think that second sentence emphasizes the sacrifice soldiers make. Pshaw. Where's the nod to the thousands maimed by this useless war? Why is intelligence aka spying listed before diplomacy aka dialogue amongst equals? "Ideaistic work of helping raise up free governments." Funny thing about that - I believe in the 70s and 80s we called that covert CIA ops to suppress the desires of free people around the world.

I could go on, but there's no need. We all know where Shrub stands: with his religious beliefs firmly upholding his ability to destroy the world in search of pure capitalism and corporate ownership of politics and culture. I pray that people will see through his lies and that big media will do more today than simply praise Gerson's turn of phrase. I also hope they show protestors along with blabbing endlessly about ball gowns and ball protocol. It's going to be a long day, I know. I suppose I should be grateful that I've got lots of work to keep me busy.

Posted by cj at January 20, 2005 1:03 PM

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