Sunday, May 29, 2005

Well, I went to an astrology site today, and what did I find?

I found something that I can relate to..I found statements from a President that didn't for once, make my stomach contents curl. I found statements from a President that I didn't have to force myself to read. I found statements from a President where the words and the grammer didn't have to be re-arranged so that some type of logical sense could be derived from them..........

Planet Waves May 28, 2005
First, Representative John Conyers joined 87 of his fellows to write a letter to the President asking him to respond to the Downing Street memo -- he has received no reply.

He's asking for 100,000 citizens to join him -- here's the link; add your name if you want an answer to why Bush and Blair had already made a decision to go to war in Iraq in the summer of '02 while telling us that war was a "last choice," and that all diplomatic options would be explored.

Next, one of the things I mourn about this administration is the ability to watch a presidential speech or [rare] news conference and find something there for ME. You know ... some little "agreement" I can hang my hat on?
I suppose there are plenty of folks who are gung-ho about Bush and thrill to his rhetoric ... I can barely watch. I've never felt so ignored as a citizen and disenfranchised as a political entity.

So lets harken back to easier days -- despite the threat of cold war and mushroom clouds and the Bay of Pigs, John F. Kennedy had a "vision" of service to the nation I could get behind.

I expect that had 9/11 happened on his watch, he would have expected more of me ... of us all ... than "going to the mall."His friend, and former special counsel, Ted Sorensen, tells us what he might have said today ...

What JFK Might Tell our Leaders Theodore C. Sorensen
Saturday, May 28, 2005 by the Boston Globe

Tomorrow would have been John F. Kennedy's 88th birthday. Were he still alive, I have no doubt that, with his customary idealism and commitment to country, he would still be offering advice to our current leaders in Washington. Based upon his words of more than 40 years ago, he might well offer the following:

To President George W. Bush on Iraq, Iran, and North Korea: ''The United States, as the world knows, will never start a war. This generation of Americans has had enough -- more than enough -- of war." (American University commencement, 1963)

To President Bush on stem cell research: ''For those of us who are not expert ... we must turn, in the last resort, to objective, disinterested scientists who bring a strong sense of public responsibility and public obligation." (National Academy of Sciences, 1961)

To Vice President Dick Cheney on international organizations, alliances, and consultations: ''The United States is neither omnipotent nor omniscient. We are only 6 percent of the world's population . . . we cannot impose our will upon the other 94 percent of mankind." (University of Washington, 1961)

To Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on terrorism: ''If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich." (Inaugural address, 1961)

To United Nations ambassador-designate John Bolton on diplomacy: ''Civility is not a sign of weakness. The United Nations [is] our last best hope in an age where the instruments of war have far outpaced the instruments of peace." (Inaugural address, 1961)

To Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on space: ''We have vowed that we shall not see space filled with weapons of mass destruction, but with instruments of knowledge and understanding. This new ocean must be a sea of peace, [not] a new terrifying theater of war." (Rice University, 1962)

To House Majority Leader Tom Delay on fund-raising: We need ''men of integrity whom neither financial gain nor political ambition could ever divert from the fulfillment of our sacred trust." (Massachusetts farewell, 1961)

To Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist on judges: ''To maintain the constitutional principle, we should support Supreme Court decisions, even when we may not agree with them." (News conference, 1962)

To White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan on negative news media: ''It is never pleasant to be reading things that are not agreeable news, but it is an invaluable arm to the presidency as a check on what is going on . . . [e]ven though we never like it . . . and wish they didn't write it . . . we could not do the job at all in a free society without a very, very active press." (Television interview, 1962)

To pastor-in-chief Pat Robertson on church-state separation: ''I believe in an America where no [clergyman] would tell his parishioners for whom to vote, where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the public acts of our officials, where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference. The presidency must not be the instrument of any one religious group." (Houston ministers, 1960)

To Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy Karen Hughes on propaganda: ''The United States is a peaceful nation where our strength and determination are clear, our words need merely to convey conviction not belligerence." (undelivered Dallas speech, 1963)

How I miss his friendship. How our nation misses his wisdom.
++I'll offer a big "ditto," Ted.
Peace ~Jude
How in the space of forty odd years, did we manage to move so very, very far, from the words that established that vision of the United States of America? I want that vision back. That's the America that I know. The America of Bush is a complete and total stranger to me.


Blogger PaxRomano said...

I know exactly what you mean. Every morning on my way to work, I listen to NPR. Unlike most mains stream media, National Public Radio does not just play "highlights" of speeches by public officials; they play most, if not all of the speech. Anyway, whenever Bush is talking, I TRY to listen and find some...common ground, some sense of honor or credibility. And yet, I can't. To be fair I have actually heard speeches by Newt Gingrich and Arlen Spector and have been surprised by intelligent words (though I usually disagree with the gist of what they may be saying).

More so, just hearing Bush's destruction of the English Language just makes my skin crawl.

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Blogger Medbh said...

yes, he makes my skin crawl also. And Iraq is just the beginning of his crusade to rule the world for the corporations. Seems radical, but, it isn't. And it will be a completeed venture by the time that the Americans of Bush wake up. ie; Santorum is trying to privatize the weather service...

I often wonder if the corporations have been looking at this plump, young rich country like a bastard looks at a dumb rich young woman. He could make a killing off of her. and so far, he has.

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