History Bush and History
posted by February 19 at 10:15 AMon
I don’t think highly of the Founding Fathers but this image even hurts my hard Marxist eyes:
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.
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.”