❄ Context is All!   

❄ Context is All!   

The following text was constructed by selecting observations from an otherwise lacklustre public speech. Most of the original has been omitted, leaving this residue as a biting critique of the policies and practices of the White House. By the way, who was this trenchant critic of the current Administration? The text, with omissions marked … , and some added highlighting:

Thank you all very much. … We know the vision of the radicals because they have openly stated it … [They are] utterly committed. … [T]he civilized world knows very well that other fanatics in history … consumed whole nations in war and genocide before leaving the stage of history. Evil men, obsessed with ambition and unburdened by conscience, must be taken very seriously—and we must stop them before their crimes can multiply. …

The radicals exploit local conflicts to build a culture of victimization, in which someone else is always to blame and violence is always the solution. …

they have endless ambitions of imperial domination,—and they wish to make everyone powerless, except themselves. … By fearing freedom—by distrusting human creativity and punishing change and limiting the contributions of half a population—this ideology undermines the very qualities that make human progress possible, and human societies successful. … The rest of their grim vision is defined by a warped image of the past—a declaration of war on the idea of progress itself. … Those who despise freedom and progress have condemned themselves to isolation and decline and collapse. Because free peoples believe in the future, free peoples will own the future. …

[O]ur debate at home must also be fair-minded. One of the hallmarks of a free society and what makes our country strong is that our political leaders can discuss their differences openly, even in times of war. …

Throughout history, tyrants and would-be tyrants have always claimed that murder is justified to serve their grand vision—and they end up alienating decent people across the globe. …

[W]e do know the love of freedom is the mightiest force of history, and we do know the cause of freedom will once again prevail.


NOTES
[Note 1] GW Bush, remarks at Tobyhanna Army Depot, Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, 11 November 2005. http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/11/20051111-1.html]

[Bruce’s Blog: 2005.11.13. Post: Bxx Short Link p=40. Front Door Index: http://blog.learnworld.com/. Permalink: http://www.learnworld.com/DESIGN/uncategorized/❄-context-is-all/]


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