Bush Finds More Pawns To Sacrifice

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In
his
press conference
today, George Bush acknowledged that the Iraqi
civilians are "losing a lot of people." And he blamed
the attacks on people who are trying to sabotage this weekend’s
elections. He realized that some Iraqis feel intimidated (wouldn’t
you?). So what is his advice to them? He said, "I urge all
people to vote. I urge people to defy these terrorists."

Why not? After all, it’s not his life at risk. The people
who will die are just anonymous numbers (not even counted by the
U.S. military). If everyone tries to vote, enough of them will climb
over the dead bodies and make it to the polling booths to allow
George Bush to claim that he’s brought democracy to Iraq.

Debasing
the language

In that
press conference
, in the first seven minutes George Bush used
the words "freedom," "free," "liberty,"
and "liberate" a combined total of 24 times – or
over three times a minute.

This from the man who has put America in a state of siege – increasing
government at a rapid rate; having thousands of armed, freedom-protecting
guards at his inauguration; appointing a torture-promoting Attorney
General; making America more and more resemble a police state.

Ah, I’m old enough to remember when words actually had real meanings. 

Fhrer-ing
all over the place

Sometime
back, I mentioned that George
Bush keeps talking
about "leading" us, being our "leader,"
and where he intends to "lead the country" – even
though that sounds terribly contrary to the state of freedom he
keeps babbling on about.

Today, at that very same
press conference
, our Prez outdid himself:

"I'm
looking forward to leading the Congress."

"I
am excited by the challenge and am honored to be able to lead our
nation in the quest of this noble goal, which is freeing people
in the name of peace."

"I
look forward to leading the world in that direction for the next
four years."

Today, Congress. 
Tomorrow, the Universe.

January
31, 2005

Harry Browne [send
him mail
], the author of Why
Government Doesn’t Work

and many other books, was the Libertarian presidential candidate
in 1996 and 2000. See his website.

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