Thursday, January 11, 2007
Custer's Last Speech
Last evening the President nontraditionally concluded his 20 minutes of telecast Iraq escalation jibber without asking for God’s blessing upon the United States.
Mr. Bush, no fan of democratic traditionalism, ended his teleprompter read by saying this:
We go forward with trust that the Author of Liberty will guide us through these trying hours. Thank you and good night.
“Author of Liberty”?
Does our Misleader mean his regular gab partner, God?
According to the most seminal document in American history, The Declaration of Independence, Mr. Bush is, again, dangerously skirting the bounds of the commonly accepted.
The Declaration’s first sentence states that “one people” are by “the Laws” of Nature and God “entitled” to “separate and equal” consideration among the nation’s of the Earth.
The second sentence states the obvious nature of man’s free born equality within the blessings of God’s creation but goes on to say that these blessings are secured by man’s creation of government; a government that derives its “just powers from the consent of the governed”.
Could it be possible that our President’s elementary school reading comprehension has led him astray?
The “Author of Liberty” isn’t God but, rather, a free people joined to extract that freedom from its inherent existence within the very fabric of God’s free creation.
Thomas Jefferson was a Humanist and not a Fundamentalist.
As with Lewis and Clark, the Jeffersonian man freely confronted the vast snarling wall of created life and from it caused a made space wherein he attempts to study, emulate and refine the raw unbounded glory of nature.
Free, thinking man is, obviously and according to the unanimous agreement of the original 13 colonies, the most direct author of human liberty.
The President is either mistaken or nefariously attempting to blur the pre-eminence of “the people” and their traditional rights and institutions.
Mr. Bush is the Prodigal President.
He uses the concept of God to mask his sin and his fear of this portion of the Declaration’s fourth sentence:
When a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their [the people’s] right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government.
The Democrats might, indeed, fear another looming constitutional crisis.
Mr. Bush, however, seems to hope for one.
May God bless the authors of liberty…
Modified Image: CNN, Michelangelo