Friday, January 21, 2005


What am I, of all left-wing people, celebrating today?

Why, the inauguration words of the OAF OF OFFICE himself!

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Some reasons:

1. Even though many of the inauguration festivities are being paid for with private money, it’s costing $40 to $50 million that could be spent charitably in SE Asia or for troop support in the Iraq effort (material support, not just a feel-good "show")... instead of for a partisan political celebration (which seemed to have little if any separation of church and state). I celebrate this only because in some ways it makes rich Republicans look like selfish DOG DOO.
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The same might be argued for sponsors of expensive halftime shows at bowl games, makers of mulit-million dollar movies, etc. Maybe they could take a look at where money is needed. Maybe all of us could. I know I could stand to do it. My Republican readers? Go for it! You can do it too! But it would be mighty helpful if we had someone in the presidency with the moral leadership skills to set an example for all the rest of us. That would make for a great start.

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This inauguration was expensive, and the inaugurations of Clinton, Bush Sr., Reagan, Carter, et al cost a pretty penny as well, but... they weren’t held during times of war, during post-9-11 times, or during times of natural disasters of unprecendented human proportions. Were they? (If they were, please correct me.) Do we even need to discuss the extra D.C. tax dollars that have gone into the extra-tight security surrounding the inaugural events... ?

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I saw this as an opportunity to make a statement about how the United States wants to improve the situation of the world, but the way I see it, it ends up being a statement about how rich we are. Period.

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Democrats should use these points to their advantage.

2. The president says he wants to expand freedom throughout the world. Considering that he is a man who once said "There ought to be limits to freedom", it appears that he has now changed his tune! This must surely mean that the United States of America will be no longer be involved in unprovoked invasions of other countries, and that the president has finally awakened from his neoconservative Pax Americana pipe dream. Hallelujah! It was about time.

On the other hand, given his earlier quote about freedom, and that he now wants to spread freedom, he looks like a "flip-flopper"... just like he looks since he said he wouldn’t involve the U.S. in nation-building before doing just that in Iraq. But let’s give the man the benefit of the doubt! After all, only the Democrats are "flip-floppers", right? Nope, it looks like the GOP does it too. Again, Democrats should use this to their advantage. Bush is in a much higher-profile position than all the rest of us, so his errors are magnified.

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3. "All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: The United States will not ignore your oppression, or excuse your oppressors. When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you." All right! That means the people of Sudan can breathe more easily, knowing that our troops will be there soon to restore order in their country. The Russians and/or Chechnyans must feel relieved to know we will soon be helping solve the problem of Chechnya, and the Palestinians and Israelis must be celebrating right now, knowing we will soon have enough troops stationed in those two countries to keep everybody in line. We had better take a stab at Myanmar while we’re at it... talk about an oppressive government there!

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(Myanmar photo by Goto Osami)

And the North Korean government had better look out!! Once we overthrow them, the people there will welcome us with open arms!

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Of course this all means we will have to increase the size of our armed forces by about 1000% to live up to such a statement by the president, because he doesn't seem to care about using means other than military might for achieving his international goals. But that shouldn’t be a problem given the number of young people ages 18-25 in our country. In fact, there might even be enough young folks to give us some troop numbers to match the Red Chinese army... and we all know about how oppressive the Chinese government is.

I take comfort in knowing that all forces of tyranny and oppression will be quashed! What do you think, fellow Democrats? Maybe we need to write to our Senators and Representatives before some folks in our government start getting too enthusiastic.

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4. The president is calling for "healing".

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He says "We have known divisions, which must be healed to move forward in great purposes, and I will strive in good faith to heal them." Mr. Bush says this at a time when his cabinet is being reshaped to include people who will not question what he says or does. This decreases his accountability to the American people because he has fewer important people asking him "why". As he becomes more insulated and confident I believe he will alienate more people while he pursues his unilateral approach to nearly all things.

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I celebrate this because for all his talk of "healing", it can’t happen unless he changes his approach. He has to change, or else he makes an obvious liar of himself. And if he does change, I will admire him for admitting mistakes and for considering evidence, considering a variety of viewpoints, and considering input from others in his decision-making. If he doesn’t, he will be a lame duck sooner than he thinks. He changes? He swims, we all do better. No change? He sinks, things get worse.

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5. While the president did give plenty of lip service to "freedom" and "liberty", he made very little mention of anything in his agenda re. our economy, education, environmental issues, poverty, and domestic issues which matter to millions of us just as much as (or more than) war. Does this mean Bush doesn't really care about those things, or that he won't be placing emphasis on them? Letting things go to pot here at home (as well as abroad) sounds like a perfect recipe ingredient for helping the horrid secular commie libs gain seats in the House and Senate during the next four years before taking the White House back in 2008.

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Go, you War President, go!!! May your supporters blindly follow, and may your buddies in the House and Senate try and ride your coattails!

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Sure, I admit I have been more than just a teensy bit angry here, with plenty of sarcasm thrown in for good measure... but this has been lots of fun! I can sum it up pretty easily. Democrats: if the guy doesn’t walk the talk, he needs to be called on it. And be ready, because we will have plenty of opportunities to call him on it during the coming four years! This, although small, is cause for celebration in itself.

The "liberal media" won't be reporting much
f anything about Bush's gaffes, so it will be up to us. Let's roll!

Go, Dubya! Bring 'em on!

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Blogger Ms Liberty said...

Don't forget - "Bring it on!" & "Let the eagles sooooar..." Bush is lighting up the nukes. We're all gonna die, nevermind the terra-ists.

12:56 PM  
Blogger Ms Liberty said...

No, Carter's inauguration was not expensive. He believed in putting people first...for real.

12:58 PM  
Blogger Damien said...

Damn skippy they'll have ramp up the military intake by 1000 per cent. I guess your poor huddled masses yearning to be free will have to do a stint in the Marines first, damn!

5:04 PM  
Blogger No_Newz said...

Good gravy man. I think I threw up a little in my mouth.

And the pictures of poo and puke didn't help either. ;)
Lois Lane

8:43 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

Sorry, Lois. Don't worry, I won't rely on that kind of picture very often... just on very special occasions, like the inauguration. You shouldn't have to worry about coming here until, say, the state of the union address!! Heh!

9:59 AM  
Blogger Lizzy said...

That was one of the best posts ever.

6:14 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

Very creative.

7:55 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

I realize some of the recent stuff may be offensive to some folks, and for that I apologize. To those who have enjoyed it, I say "Thanks!" While I probably won't steer clear of posting unflattering Bush items, I will only use turds and puke when absolutely necessary.

8:43 PM  
Blogger 1138 said...

I really don't mind the pics of poo and puke, but could you try and back off on the images of that obscenity GWB?

10:11 AM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

Paul told me I should visit your blog entry. I like that Johnny Freedom Seed cartoon and the pic of Vader escorting the Bush onward.

I have a few pictures from the rally on my blog.

11:13 PM  

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