Bush’s leaden, ideological, neo-Jacobin inaugural address
There are no words to express how off-putting, arrogant, and offensive President Bush’s inaugural speech is, with its theme of America as the ideological boss and transformer of the world. When President Kennedy spoke about defending freedom, he was opposing expansive Communism. But Bush is saying that America must simply make the world conform to our idea.
My gosh, how limited this man is, how limited his concepts, his vocabulary. He must have said “freedom” 40 times. He has so little within himself, that when he finds something that “works” for him, he just uses it over and over again.
Then there was this: “Making every American an agent of his own destiny.” The government makes people agents of their own destiny? Well, that’s your standard big-government conservatism.
The speech and its delivery are leaden-footed. Fortunately, it was very short. When he ended, there was no particular response, no big applause. The speech just seemed to stop.
So, I’ve done my patriotic duty for the day. I’ve watched the president’s inaugural address.