Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Bush and Putin and Hypocrisy

Some time back George II looked into Putin's eyes and saw his soul, and it was a soul brother, lately he's not so sure. I actually think he should be sure, they are brothers, one is just a bit more honest.What has GeoII upset for public consumption is, per NYT, “In Russia, reforms that were once promised to empower citizens have been derailed, with troubling implications for democratic development.” Now on its face there is much that is true in that statement. The problem with it is who is making it.

Here's some more, “The most powerful weapon in the struggle against extremism is not bullets or bombs — it is the universal appeal of freedom,” Mr. Bush said.

Just so we all understand freedom:“Freedom is the design of our maker, and the longing of every soul,” Mr. Bush continued. “Freedom is the best way to unleash the creativity and economic potential of a nation. Freedom is the only ordering of a society that leads to justice. And human freedom is the only way to achieve human rights.”

Now who could argue with that? Turns out the very guy who is making the speech. He gets in Russia's face about reforms, neglecting the fact that 231 years ago there were some "reforms" made right here and they were made with great sacrifice in the face of the world's most powerful empire - not a handful of nutcase religious zealots - he is the guy undoing them. Habeas Corpus is not a reform, it was carried forward as one of the best parts of the old order, but a few others were new, enshrined in the Bill of Rights and the body of the Constitution where serious limits were set on government and the structures of government. It takes a whale of a lot of nerve to use national security to stomp on those limits and turn around and blast Russia with its limited experience for doing the same.

I'm sick of his hypocrisy and I'm sick of the media allowing it without note. I'm sick of the intellectual dishonesty of the NYT and ilk screeching about freedom of the press and dismissing the 2nd as archaic.

Now I'm going to be real blunt, I don't know who is the worst President in history but I do know who is the worst regarding the Rights of Americans. I do know whose administration cannot function without absolute hypocrisy, whether it be in misuse of language or outright lies and I'm flat out sick of it.

The folks that fought that Revolution would put a noose around this guy's neck, they understood the mechanisms of power and they understood the mechanisms of tyranny and they bled to oppose them and they worked very hard to prevent their re-occurrence in the USA. Maybe in the face of the Bushes and Putins of the world some of my lefty friends will begin to understand the "reset button" called the 2nd Amendment. If you think those guys are universally opposed by the Democrats remember that Hillary just recently said we're safer post 9/11.

Ponder that one.You should not only be frightened, you should be furious - not to mention - armed and damed dangerous.

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