Sunday, April 24, 2005

Eloquent ---- or not

It's a short article. It's by David Rossie and is entitled, "Presidential rhetoric, then and now". What it does is contrast words of Abraham Lincoln with those of Geoge W. Bush on more or less the same subject. Okay. Maybe it's not fair. I mean, one can always pick noble words of Lincoln and pair them with particularly clumsy words of Bush. Still, the contrast is very telling. Here are a couple of samples:

"As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy." A. Lincoln, 1858.

"I had the opportunity to go out to Goree Island and talk about what slavery meant to America. It's very interesting when you think about it. The slaves who left here to go to America, because of their steadfast and their religion and their belief in freedom, helped change America." G.W. Bush. July 8, 2003.
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise to the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country." A. Lincoln, second annual message to Congress.

"I wanna remind you all that I -- in order -- what in order to fight and win the war it requires a expenditure of money that is commiserate with keeping a promise to our troops to make sure that they're well-paid, well-trained, well-equipped." G.W. Bush, Dec. 15, 2003.

Their steadfast??? Commiserate??? Good grief.

Click through and read the whole article. Or not. Because it's pretty disgusting.

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