Thursday, July 05, 2007

Low Brow Ignorance in the White House

Despite an Ivy League degree (in, what, basket weaving, or maybe cheerleading?) it seems that ignorance has found a home in the White House.

I would be hard pressed to find any corollaries between the American Revolution and the invasion and occupation of Iraq. But somehow, in a very real revelation of administration grandiosity and it's natural setting of dysfunction, the President of the United States did just that.

Let's look over a couple of details. Our Revolution was based on throwing off the occupiers. A country developed beneath the occupiers who originally settled here a couple hundred years before, and those people born here were no longer satisfied with arbitrary justice and being a colony of the big corporations. Which is nothing like what happened in Iraq.

Our Revolution developed a national Constitution written by men who knew how to think, and is clearly a set of ideals we are still a long way from reaching. Again, this was done at the behest and effort of the natural inhabitants. And again, completely different than the situation in Iraq. Just read and compare the two Constitutions. Or for fun, the levels of intelligence between the two sets of deliberators who created them.

Our Revolution wasn't based on a lie. It was based on the principles laid out in the Preamble of the aforementioned Constitution: establish Justice, insure the domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty for everyone. Basically, the only thing that has happened in Iraq has been the insuring, establishing, and providing for of billions of dollars for private contractors that heavily finance the Republican party. The millions that are fleeing Iraq are testament to the reality that the domestic situation is both undesirable and unsafe. Because it all started on a lie about some sort of cloud, what was that, oh yea, a mushroom cloud, and all kinds other weapons they have now determined didn't exist. Oh yea, and terrorism....

So what level of intelligence could see any kind of comparison? If you responded with a "duh!" you may well feel insulted by any attempt to compare the founding of this country with the invasion and occupation of another. And particularly on the day we celebrate our collective birthday.

I think we deserve better in the White House.


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