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Monday, February 19, 2007

Bush and History

posted by on February 19 at 10:15 AM

I don’t think highly of the Founding Fathers but this image even hurts my hard Marxist eyes:

574-BUSH_.sff.standalone.prod_affiliate.42.jpg George Washington/George Bush. Important American President/Important American President. On the occasion of the image, Bush went as far as to compare the the American War of Independence (Washington) with the present War on Terrorism (Bush).

President Bush honored the 275th birthday of the nation’s first president on Monday, likening George Washington’s long struggle that gave birth to a nation to the war on global terrorism.

“Today, we’re fighting a new war to defend our liberty and our people and our way of life,” said Bush, standing in front of Washington’s home and above a mostly frozen Potomac River.

Frozen indeed.
Bush then turned to Hegel for some “march of freedom [God] across the world”:

“And as we work to advance the cause of freedom around the world, we remember that the father of our country believed that the freedoms we secured in our revolution were not meant for Americans alone.”

Bush then visited the tomb of the man, Washington, whose founding presidential spirit is the spirit that he wants you to see and believe is in him—this imagined pure continuum from tomb to Bush happens in what Benjamin called “homogeneous, empty time”:

He and first lady Laura Bush helped lay a wreath at Washington’s tomb, then the president gave a speech from a platform on the bowling green lawn of the estate.

A quote for this sad business: “Empathizing with the victor invariably benefits those currently ruling.”

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In celebration of the first President's birthday:

As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity, of Musselmen; and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.
--- George Washington, (signed by John Adams in 1796) Treaty of Tripoli, Article 11, 1797
Posted by Laurence Ballard | February 19, 2007 10:45 AM

In the Revolutionary War, weren't we losing before we were winning?

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | February 19, 2007 10:48 AM

Um, the problem with this analogy is that we're the British, and the American colonials are the Iraqis. The colonials were the ones using guerilla tactics and fighting to drive out the most powerful military empire the world had ever seen.

And people say that 9/11 killed irony.

Posted by Gitai | February 19, 2007 11:52 AM

What are Musselmen?

Posted by keshmeshi | February 19, 2007 12:26 PM

The guy on the right looks like he's about to crap his pants.

Posted by imofftoseethewizard | February 19, 2007 2:22 PM

Musselmen refers to Muslim. In this instance, it was in regards to the Barbary Pirates.

Posted by chunkstyle | February 20, 2007 11:11 AM

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